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Field trip to Boston sites

Members enjoyed each other's company, a lunch together, and a day-long tour of Boston's historic sites of interest to the NAACP:

  • Museum of African American History

  • The Embrace sculpture on Boston Common, honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King who met in Boston

  • New England Holocaust Memorial

  • Harriett Tubman Memorial

Museum of African American History

The Museum of African American History preserves, conserves and interprets the contributions of African Americans in New England from colonial times through the 1800s. It also honors those who found common cause with African Americans in the struggle for liberty and justice.

The Embrace sculpture The Embrace is a bronze sculpture by Hank Willis Thomas, installed on Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, in December 2022. The artwork commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and depicts four intertwined arms, representing the hug they shared after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.The work was created by welding together about 609 smaller pieces. Passersby looking up will be reminded of our shared human connection and the ideals of inclusion that the Kings defended in their united life of activism. By enveloping visitors in the act of embrace, the memorial shifts emphasis from a singular hero to collective emotion.

New England Holocaust Memorial

The New England Holocaust Memorial was built to pay tribute to the six million killed and to honor our survivors. Located on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and many other treasures of American history, the site offers a unique opportunity for reflection on the importance of human rights. The Memorial project was initiated by a group of Holocaust survivors living in the Boston area. By the time the site was dedicated in October 1995, more than 3,000 individuals and organizations nationwide had joined in sponsoring the project. It is hoped that those visiting the Memorial will reflect on the impact of bigotry and join the ranks of those resolving to combat all forms of oppression.

Harriett Tubman Memorial Dedicated at a community-wide celebration on June 20, 1999, two powerful statues by African American women sculptors stand as a testament to the African American drive for freedom.

  • Meet the first statue on city-owned property honoring a woman. This 10-foot bronze statue is dedicated to the memory of Harriet Tubman, the famous abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, spy, nurse, warrior and women's rights crusader. In Step on Board, Boston-based Fern Cunningham (1949-2020) shows both the power and compassion of Harriet Tubman (1822-1913), the most famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad.

  • Although Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) completed the sculpture Emancipation in 1913 on the fiftieth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, it was not cast in bronze until it was selected to be placed at Harriet Tubman Square. Instead of showing the paternalism of a white president freeing enslaved people, Fuller presented the freed as active agents moving out of slavery into the world.

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