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benjamin franklin statue

from benjamin franklin posted in history by pete_nice

Installed at this location in 1856, this 8-foot bronze statue of Benjamin Franklin was placed here in front of the former location of the Boston Latin School- a school that Declaration of Independence signers Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine all attended.

Founded on April 13, 1635, the Boston Latin School was the first public school in the United States. The original school building was torn down in 1745, but has survived at several different locations since then. It continues today in the Fenway neighborhood, and now accepts boys and girls.

Interestingly, Franklin was the most famous high school dropout from the Boston Latin School.

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audobon ballroom

from malcolm x posted in history by donkeyoti

After Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam in 1964, he formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU). The group held weekly meetings at the Audubon Ballroom until February 21, 1965, when Malcolm X was assassinated at this location by Nation of Islam member Talmadge Hayer (as well as two other accused shooters).

Since then, the ballroom and property was purchased by Columbia University and converted into a public/private biotech research park. Through a series of protests, the original façade was maintained and converted to the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

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malcolm x house site

from malcolm x posted in history by donkeyoti

On May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little was born to Earl and Louise Little. This location is where the future civil rights speaker known as Malcolm X would spend his first few years.

The actual home at the corner of 34th and Pinkey St was torn down in 1965, before the owner knew of the historical significance. Since then, six adjacent lots have been purchased and a park has been established by the Malcolm X Foundation.

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faneuil hall

from american revolution, freedom trail posted in history by pete_nice

Faneuil Hall has a bronze stature of Samuel Adams on its Congress Street side. The statue portrays the Revolutionary patriot, just after demanding that Governor Hutchinson immediately remove the British troops from Boston after the Boston Massacre.

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faneuil hall

from american revolution, freedom trail posted in history by pete_nice

Built by wealthy merchat Peter Faneuil in 1742 as a center of commerce, Faneuil Hall has since been dubbed the Cradle of Liberty for its role in a number of political and historical events.

While the first floor still contains numerous shops, the second floor meeting room is where American patriots first coined the phrase "no taxation without representation" in response to the Sugar and Stamp Tax Acts.

It's also where Samuel Adams railed against British occupation during the American Revolution, and where the funeral was held for victims of the Boston Massacre (also planned by Samuel Adams).

Today, Faneuil Hall is part of the Boston Freedom Trail.

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