Roaming around Roxbury

by Rebecca Fiore / Beacon Staff • October 10, 2014


Take a walk down Malcolm X Blvd and see some great art work

A nice stroll down this road and you will see some amazing public artwork that Boston has to offer. In 1870, the Boston Art Commission was founded to enable public art—sculptures, murals, paintings, or even fountains—to be shown all over. You never know what you will see as soon as you step off the Orange Line.

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Roxbury Heritage State Park

For a nice autumn day, which we all know goes by too quickly, take a walk through the park! You can view some spectacular views of Boston’s lovely skyline, learn a little about history, and see the reportedly oldest colonial house, The Dillway-Thomas House. How’s that for real estate?

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SOS Living Museum

We all know that Emerson students can get into the Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardener for free, but those aren’t the only hot spots Boston has to offer on art. This museum is designed to educate people on black history. You don’t have to wait until February to learn about black history when this museum is just five stops away. Oh, and did I mention, admission is free?

The National Center of Afro-American Artists

Some noteworthy people have grown up and lived in Roxbury over the years, including musician Bobby Brown, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, Queen of Disco Donna Summer, and Emerson’s own Elma Lewis, just to name a few. The center presents contemporary, visual, and performing arts from all over. They will even be having a costume party Oct. 30!

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Haley House: Bakery Cafe

Sometimes you just need to take a break—and by that, I mean eat a delicious baked good. Its website boasts all locally sourced food served and the interior is full of local artists' works. It’s in the heart of Dudley Square, which is a quick bus ride away on the Silver Line.

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