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Through the narrative, visitors will be provided with personal perspectives on significant
moments in Roxbury’s history – construction of Hibernian Hall, once the center of
the Irish community in the area; the bustle of Jewish life in the Grove Hall area; the significance of Franklin Park; the opening of Roxbury Community College; the busing crisis; the relocation of the MBTA Orange Line; and the revitalization of Dudley Square and Roxbury’s main streets. Historic photographs and footage culled from a number of different local and national sources will illustrate the ups and downs Roxbury has faced while also putting faces to the compelling narrative. 2016-06-07 17:22:50 GMT 2016-06-30 17:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 35 12 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 35 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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English Puritans established “Rocksbury” in 1630. They created a new congregation in 1631 and built the first meetinghouse in 1632 on the site of the present First Church of Roxbury. This was also the general area of the first settlement in Roxbury.
Home of John Eliot
John Eliot arrived in Roxbury in 1632 as a teacher and later became a minister. Known as “the apostle to the Indians,” he studied the Algonquian language, translated the Bible into the Massachusett language, and established Praying Indian Villages.
A disciple of his, John Sassamon, became the first Native American to study at Harvard. The murder of Sassamon in 1675 sparked King Phillip’s War.
Eliot Burying Ground
Founded in 1630, the Eliot Burying Ground is the oldest burying ground in Roxbury and one of the three oldest of Boston’s historic burying grounds. The burying ground was also the site of the Roxbury Neck fortifications during the Revolutionary War. Governor Thomas Dudley is buried here as well as generations of early Roxbury families.
First Gristmill on Stony Brook
Established in 1639 by a Puritan and successful businessman from England Richard Dummer, the gristmill located on Stony Brook, was powered by water of Parker River and used to grind corn into flour. Subsequently , the mill will be known as “Waitt’s Mill” and utilized for leather breeches and woolen manufacturing.
Thomas Dudley, one of the original founders of Massachusetts Bay Colony, moved from Cambridge to Roxbury in the 1640s. Dudley served as both Deputy Governor and Governor of the colony and became a large landholder.
In 1650 he signed the Charter to the Harvard Corporation, which Harvard College still runs under.
Roxbury Latin School
Roxbury Latin School was established in 1645 by John Eliot on land donated by Thomas Dudley to prepare young men for Harvard. This independent school has been in continuous operation ever since, making it one of the two or three oldest schools in the country.
The school was funded by perpetual annual donations by 54 residents who signed the original charter.
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