African American Heritage in Massachusetts @ Boston Public Library, Boston [15 November]

African American Heritage in Massachusetts

18:00 - 19:30

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Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Part tourist guide and part history, Rosalyn Delores Elder’s book explores 741 sites in towns across the Commonwealth that document the contributions of African Americans to our state's history. These include Onesimus, whose knowledge led to the development of small pox inoculations; Belinda Royall, who filed the first successful reparations lawsuit; and Jan Matzeliger, who invented a shoe-lasting machine that enabled mass production of shoes. The book will be sold at the talk.

Elder is a registered architect and entrepreneur. She received a BA in art history from the University of Memphis, a master of architecture from the University of Washington, and a master of architecture in urban design from Harvard University. From 1992 to 1998, Elder founded and operated Treasured Legacy, an African American cultural boutique at Copley Place in Boston's Back Bay. She cofounded and operated Jamaicaway Books, a multicultural bookstore in Jamaica Plain, from 1998 until 2012.

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