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Lower Roxbury Black History Project records

Identifier: M165


On 9 November 2006, Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun met with members of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Massachusetts at the People's Baptist Church (830 Tremont Street, Boston) to discuss possible collaborations between Northeastern and Lower Roxbury clergy. During the meeting, Reverend Michael E. Haynes suggested the University create a history of the African American community in Lower Roxbury. As a result, President Aoun appointed Joseph D. Warren, at that time Special Assistant to the Director of Government Relations and Community Affairs, to oversee the Lower Roxbury Black History Project. Warren appointed an advisory board consisting of Rev. Michael E. Haynes, formerly of Roxbury's Twelfth Baptist Church, Massachusetts State Representative Byron Rushing, Northeastern University Archivist Joan D. Krizack, and Northeastern University history professors William M. Fowler Jr., Gerald H. Herman, Robert L. Hall, and Northeastern Vice President for Public Affairs Robert P. Gittens. In November 2007, Warren hired Lolita Parker Jr., a photographer and documentary film researcher, to collect oral histories and artifacts documenting the community's rich history. From 2007-2009 with the assistance of her son, London Parker-McWhorter, Parker spoke with over 40 residents of Roxbury.


  • Creation: 2007-2009


Language of Materials

Entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Some copyright restrictions may apply.


758.28 Gigabytes

1.05 cubic feet (4 containers, 1 flat file folder)

System of Arrangement:

Organized into 2 series: Series 1. Interviewees and 2. Project Records

Physical Location



  • Larcoque, Marc. "Northeastern documents Lower Roxbury history." Huntington News, February 23, 2008. (accessed February 5, 2010).
  • "Telling stories, preserving history." Northeastern Voice, January 30, 200. (accessed February 5, 2010).
Finding aid for the Lower Roxbury Black History Project Records
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Murray, Hanna Clutterbuck, and Michelle Romero
March 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US