Created by graduate students in the History and American Studies departments at UMass Boston, this site showcases letters, photographs, legal documents, artifacts, and interviews that explore de facto segregation in Boston and the federally-mandated desegregation of Boston public schools. Students unearthed materials from various collections in separate Boston archives, selected a representative sampling, and presented them here, together, in new collaborative context.
John Joseph Moakley (right) with his brothers, Robert and Thomas
The Mayor Kevin H. White records, 1929-1999 (Bulk, 1968-1983), are located within the City of Boston Archives. The sample of items from the Kevin H.…
On June 21, 1974, Judge Arthur W. Garrity deemed Boston’s school system “unconstitutionally segregated.” Garrity’s solution to this issue called...
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After Kathleen Sullivan's initial vote against the appeal, the Boston School Committee votes unanimously to appeal Judge Garrity's ruling. Sullivan…
Billy Sullivan, owner of the NFL Patriots, with Mayor Flynn and Governor Dukakis.
Minutes from the Boston School Committee regarding the the motion to strike Robert Dentler's testimony from the desegregation hearings.
Minutes from the Boston School Committee regarding Superintendent Marion Fahey's nominations to the School Department.
Minutes from the Boston School Committee regarding the amended December 16, 1974 desegregation plan. This plan would be submitted to Garrity on…
An image of the John Marshall School in Dorchester.