Plan of the city of Boston : plate 17


Plan of the city of Boston

Item Information

Title:
Plan of the city of Boston : plate 17
Description:
During the antebellum period, Boston had a thriving free African American community. By 1860, more than half the city’s black population of 2,000 lived on the north slope of Beacon Hill adjacent to the Massachusetts State House. This neighborhood became a center for Boston’s abolitionist movement and many fugitive slaves escaping via the Underground Railroad found refuge here. A portion of this neighborhood is depicted on a sheet from an 1861 fire-insurance atlas. Of particular interest are the church and school on the alley (today’s Smith Court) off Joy Street, marking the location of the African Meeting House, the oldest extant black church building in the United States, and the Abiel Smith School, the only black public school in Boston until 1855, when schools were integrated.
Cartographer:
Pinney, C.
Publisher:
L. Prang & Co.
Date:
1861
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Real property--Massachusetts--Boston--Maps
Boston (Mass.)--Maps
Places:
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)Boston
Publisher:
Boston : L. Prang & Co.
Notes:
Digitization made possible with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
Extent:
1 map : color ; sheet 51 x 72 cm
Scale:
Scale not given
Language:
English
Identifier:
G1234_B6G475_P5_1861x_0019
Call #:
G1234.B6G475 P5 1861x
Barcode:
39999059012045
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