As we read more about this significant but mostly forgotten event, it would certainly add to the historical body of knowledge of the racial history of the city of Boston if we could draw upon additional sources to get a clearer picture of what actually happened.
We have compiled a historical narrative employing the accounts of only two contemporary Boston Newspapers, the Emancipator and Free American and The Boston Semi-Weekly Atlas. It would certainly be beneficial if any visitors to our website could contribute any additional digitized sources to add to our existing body of knowledge concerning the August, 1843 Riot on Ann Street.
The following is a combination of contemporary Boston newspaper accounts of a racial riot in 1843 from The Emancipator and Free American and the Boston Semi-Weekly Atlas published August 31, 1834. In this combined account we have added links to give the reader a broader perspective of the event. Hopefully as we crowd-source additional primary sources this new information can also be woven into the account of the Riot On Ann Street.
Article from The Farmers' Cabinet. September 01, 1843
This student-developed project begins with a database of around 1900 Beacon Hill/West End African-Americans from 1848-1855, using city directories, the 1850 federal census, and Boston city tax records. These names are then linked with almost 500 sources from The Liberatorwhich have been cataloged and digitized. Also digitized here are many useful documents (see list to the left) from the Boston Athenaeum, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Massachusetts State House Special Collections and Massachusetts State Archives. Finally, a sampling of research papers which have been catalogued and digitized. Also digitized here are that students have written using these resources is included. (More about the project... )
This high school project on the history of stone walls uses "lichenometry" as a dating technique, and culminates with the construction of a wall at the high school under the guidance of a stone wall building expert and historian. [more]
Vintage High School Films from Newton, MA Added to the Archives
These video segments were digitized from a 16mm filmstrip found in the Newton North High School Library Archives. We are working with the NNHS Archives while they are in the process of being moved into a new High School. As the Newton High School documents are digitized, they will be featured here alongside the Beverly Educational Archives, as part of a growing online collection of public school history.
In the spring of 1973, a group of photography students at Newton High School took pictures around the campus of the school. This was during the last few months of Newton High School before it was demolished to make way for Newton North High School, which opened in the fall of the same year. These candid photos offer a unique representation of student life at a suburban high school in the early seventies. [more]