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AFAM 2600: Race, Science and Technology (Angel Nieves)

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Post Civil War Boston

Segregation in Boston

"On a Saturday in January 1885, Richard Brown, a night inspector of customs and prominent member of Boston’s black community, and two of his grandchildren, Louisa and Richard Lewis, approached the ticket booth at the Boston Roller Skating Rink, owned by Frank Winslow. George Hawes, the rink’s ticket agent, immediately informed Brown that the establishment was private and that African Americans were not welcome. "

Thus began the battle for the first public desegregation laws in Massachusetts.  Read more in Bergeson-Lockwood, "We Do Not Care Particularly about the Skating Rinks". The Journal of the Civil War Era 5.2 (2015): 254-88. Link in JSTOR.

Migration and immigration

Archival and Primary Sources

Further Reading