Like most older cities in the U.S., Boston’s history is entangled with the practice of slavery. The founders and influencers of early America were more often than not perpetuaters of the slave trade. And this makes understanding and honoring the city’s history so delicate; slavery is deplorable, yet its economic impact is essential to our understanding of the city of Boston’s evolution.
One artist intends to make this connection more visible with a memorial to the enslaved so that our community can understand, recognize, and grow from this history. Today, I made a donation to this powerful city-backed public memorial to those Africans and African-Americans whose trafficking and sale financed the building of Faneuil Hall.