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Before Boston: Black and Native Histories of Place
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was built on Native land, obscuring what had previously existed on this site. Black and Native narratives have long been erased or buried, as forces of urbanization and gentrification make visible only the top layer of a deep history of Boston and New England. Join us for a conversation as we explore the ways that this place and the people who have called it home -- especially those with ancestral connections to the area -- have shaped each other.


Elizabeth Solomon (Massachusett at Ponkapoag), Treasurer of the Massachusett tribe

Dr. Jean O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe), Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, and author of Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England.

Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Director of American Studies, Tufts University and co-director of the African American Trail Project at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

This event is being held in conjunction with Garden for Boston.

Garden for Boston is generously supported by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. Additional support for programming is provided by the MFA Associates.

May 18, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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