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Protest at Faneuil Hall

During the struggle to desegregate Boston Public schools in the 1970s, activists rallied and protested throughout the city, including at many historic sites that now compromise the National Parks of Boston. Activists on both sides of the desegregation issue seized upon the power of place and the upcoming bicentennial of the country in 1976 to assert their voices and claim America’s revolutionary legacy as their own.

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BLACK in the cradle of liberty

BLACK in the cradle of liberty is a declaration featuring: DJ WhySham, Nnenna Loveth, Ryan-Rei Fielder, Crystal Valentine, Tim Hall, Ifé Franklin, Danny Rivera, Porsha Olayiwola, Anastasia Wade, Cakeswagg, Javonna Corbin, and Kenard Williams. The performance explores agency, voice, and the power of place.

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New England Woman’s Tea Party

In 1873, Lucy Stone spoke in front of a crow of 3,000 individuals at Faneuil Hall. Her words would energize the women’s rights movement not only in Boston, but throughout the United States.

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Italian Americans at Faneuil Hall

As the Italian population of Boston grew in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this immigrant group integrated itself into the established Boston community by meeting at Boston’s traditional meeting place: Faneuil Hall.

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The American Anti-Imperialist League at Faneuil Hall

At the turn of the 20th Century, the American Anti-Imperialist League mobilized to protest against what they believed to be the beginnings of an American Empire. Despite originating in Boston and spreading across the country, the League ultimately failed in its objectives.

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Women’s Suffrage at Faneuil Hall

Perhaps no other building in Boston served a more symbolic role in the Boston suffrage movement than Faneuil Hall–‘The Cradle of Liberty.’ In arguing for women’s suffrage, men and women suffragists echoed similar calls for liberty and equality as their forefathers had during the American Revolution.

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Faneuil Hall, the Underground Railroad, and the Boston Vigilance Committees

Long cherished as the “Cradle of Liberty,” Faneuil Hall played an integral role in Boston’s Underground Railroad network. Boston abolitionists used the Hall as a gathering place for meetings, during which they protested against Fugitive Slave Laws and formed Vigilance Committees to assist freedom seekers.