May 30, 2024

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Slave Master Street Names

All The Below info is taken from the book:
The Hidden History of Massachusetts – A Guide for Black Folks 

Do yourself a favor and get a copy. This book is a true blessing for us BlackStonians who want to know our history as a tool of making change happen.

Joseph Warren
Warren Street
Adams, John

Adams Street

Samuel Adams
Sam Adams School East Boston
John Quincy Adams
Town of Quincy, Adams Nat’l Historical Park (Quincy)
Louis Agassiz
Agassiz School Jamaica Plain
Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson Street
Sir Jeffrey Amherst
Town of Amherst , Amherst College
James Bowdoin & Joshua Bowdoin
Bowdoin Street
Dr. Zabdiel Boylston
Boylston Street, Boylston Mass
George Washington
Washington Street
Francis Parkman
Parkman House
Moses Maimonides
Moses Maimonides School in Brookline
Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland School Dorchester
John Codman
Codman Square
Christopher Columbus
Columbus Avenue
James Madison
Madison Park High School
Joseph Dudley
Dudley Street, Dudley Square, Town of Dudley
Jon Eliot
Eliot Square, Eliot Street, Eliot School
Emerson Ralph Waldo
Emerson Ralph Waldo School Roxbury
Edward Everett
Everett Square, City of Everett, Everett Elementary School
Abraham Lincoln
The Lincoln Freedman Memorial
Ben Franklin
Franklin Park, Franklin Mass
Alexander Hamilton
Hamilton School Brighton
John Hancock
Hancock Mass
Joseph Peabody
Peabody Mass
Cotton Mather
Mather School
John Winthrop
Winthrop Mass Winthrop Street
William Pepperel
Pepperel Mass
John Rowe
Rowes Wharf
Josiah Quincy I
Robert Gould Shaw
The Shaw School West Roxbury
William Stoughton
Stoughton Mass
Charles Sumner
Sumner School, Sumner Tunnel
William H. Taft
Taft Middle School Brighton
Woodrow Wilson
Wilson Middle School Dorchester
Thomas Boylston & Joshua Boylston
John Cabot & George Cabot
Cabot Street
Colonel Henry Bromfield
Bromfield Street
Ebenezer Dorr
Dorr Street
Peter Faneuil
Faneuil Hall
Richard Lechmere
Lechmere Square
Jonathan Jackson
Jackson Square
Roger Ludlow
Ludlow Mass
Samuel Maverick
Maverick Square East Boston
Edward Ruggles
Ruggles Square, Ruggles Street
The Whitney family
Whitney Street
Gordon Saltonstall
Saltonstall Building
Jonathan Seaver
Seaver Street


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  1. Lynneanne Campbell

    All black Americans are named after slave owners, why not the streets….a rose by any other name is just as sweet… issue, why continue to behave in a way not natural to us….it was the native Americans robbed of their land, this is not our home and until we get it, stop accommodating, eating food not meant for us and believing we dont have a mind…..we have much bigger fish to fry….thank God i have a mind and don’t care what any one thinks of me….I am black…..actually a proud Negro who determines my own identity….we are also NOT monolithic, but would die for any of my people, including the forgotten, native American.

  2. Ausar

    Not trying to sound like an apologist, but I am just reading the meticulously researched book “The Negro in Colonial New England”, which says that Samuel Adams and John Adams not only abhorred slavery, but they did not own any.

    I have not had the opportunity to read your source material, but one would think that y’all would have a broader depth of research.

    All that being said, I applaud this site and your good efforts.

  3. Peter Everett

    Whoever put Edward Everett’s name on this list has some explaining to do.

    Edward Everett was an outspoken anti-slavery statesman and minister. He is was of the strongest advocates for black people, if not the strongest, in the history of Boston. In 1846, when he became President of Harvard College, he became aware of Beverly G. Williams, an outstanding scholar and prep school classmate of his own son. He made known his intention to admit young Mr. Williams to Harvard as the first black student at the College. This caused some grumblings, to which he replied, “As he will be very well fitted, I know of no reason why he should not be admitted.” When he some of the white students voiced their objections and threatened to withdraw, he said, “The admission to Harvard College depends upon examinations; and if this boy passes the examinations, he will be admitted; and if the white students choose to withdraw, all the income of the College will be devoted to his education.” Unfortunately, Williams died of tuberculosis just a few weeks before the 1847 school year began, two month short of his 18th birthday. It was not until after the Civil War, in 1865, that Richard T. Greener became the first black student enrolled in Harvard College, 18 years after Edward Everett saw no reason why a qualified black student should not be admitted.

    As a US Senator, he opposed allowing slavery in the new states in the West. He saw that civil war was close to breaking out over the issue, and hoped to avoid it by being more gradual and moderate in his abolitionism than many in Massachusetts would have liked. He received some criticism for this. He had hoped that slavery in the South could be ended without war, but embraced the Union cause when war broke out. As the main speaker at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863, he emphasized the justice of their cause, that there could no longer be no peace with slavery, and that there is no going back.

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