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Boston Black

© 2012 Clive Grainger Visit a Carnival garage for a traditional Afro Caribbean celebration and help to decorate a float! Go shopping at the Dominican store, learn about different hairstyles and ideas of beauty at John Smith’s Barbershop and African Queen Beauty Salon, and dance to the Cape Verdean beat at Café Sodade! Developed with community leaders from across Boston and highlighting real people and places from the city, Boston Black is a dialogue about race, ethnicity, identity, and community. It’s designed to highlight the tremendous diversity within Boston’s Black community, share the significant history of Black people in the city, and stimulate new ways for families with young children to talk about race and identity.

Packed with fun and imaginative interactive experiences, the exhibit takes visitors through a number of Boston’s neighborhoods, and helps children develop a greater understanding of our city and the people who live here.

Generously funded by the Boston Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

What are we learning?

  • Communication Skills
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Physical Skills
  • Musical Skills