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TOURS PROGRAM

LEARN HISTORY. MAKE CHANGE.

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Our Tours Program has grown from an idea in the works to a series of three experiences that look at what makes Roxbury great.  To get here, we have convened discussions with neighbors to hear their thoughts, and have led numerous test tours to garner feedback—which at times was positive, challenging, and enriching.  It pushed us to reflect on how we are approaching this work - which aims to tells a deeper story of Roxbury and engage visitors more in our mission to dismantle racism and white supremacy culture.

We envision these walking tours accomplishing the following goals:

  • Countering traditional narratives of Roxbury as a place of deficits with witnessing the historical and cultural richness of this significant Boston neighborhood – which was protected and preserved by the Black community that has taken root here. 

  • Uncovering the ways government-sanction and systemic racism have shaped segregated communities in Boston, and this community. We hold our own institution up for such interrogation.

  • Creating space for shared learning, in reflection after the tours. These become more than just walks. They become opportunity for transformational learning.

  • Driving dollars to Black-owned businesses in nearby Nubian Square. All visitors on the tours are encouraged to dine and shop in nearby businesses after their walks.

THE TOURS

Below is the current roster of tours being offered.  These are walking tours of the neighborhood, and each run for approximately 75-minutes.

Public Art In and Near Nubian Square

Visit the murals in our neighborhood and appreciate the artists who address important topics to all who witness these large works of art in public spaces.

Educational Institutions in Roxbury

Highlighting the many educational institutions in our neighborhood and look at the importance of access to education. Hear stories of activism influencing the generations of youth learning within them.

The Trees of John Eliot Square; A historical perspective walking tour

Enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood focused on Roxbury's agriculture and horticulture and how these shaped the neighborhood over the years.

Nubian Square Economic Tour

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Experience Nubian Square's shops, meet a local entrepreneur, and contribute to this economic initiative by buying local! 

We will meet at the UU Urban Ministry to discuss the tour, and then break out into small groups, who will visit Nubian Square and shop at some of the Brown-/Black-owned businesses there.  We will then reconvene at the Urban Ministry to talk about the experience.

UPCOMING TOURS SCHEDULE 

  • UUUM Tours: Public Art in and Near Nubian Square
    UUUM Tours: Public Art in and Near Nubian Square
    Sat, Jul 27
    UU Urban Ministry
    Jul 27, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Jul 27, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Join local artist Dayenne Walters to visit the murals in our neighborhood and appreciate the artists who address important topics to all who witness these large works of art in public spaces.
  • UUUM Tours: Trees of John Eliot Square: A historical perspective
    UUUM Tours: Trees of John Eliot Square: A historical perspective
    Sat, Aug 10
    UU Urban Ministry
    Aug 10, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Aug 10, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Join historian Thomas Plant to enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood focused on Roxbury's agriculture and horticulture and how these shaped the neighborhood over the years.
  • UUUM Tours: Public Art in and Near Nubian Square
    UUUM Tours: Public Art in and Near Nubian Square
    Sat, Aug 17
    UU Urban Ministry
    Aug 17, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Aug 17, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Join local artist Dayenne Walters to visit the murals in our neighborhood and appreciate the artists who address important topics to all who witness these large works of art in public spaces.
  • UUUM Tours: Nubian Square Economic Tour
    UUUM Tours: Nubian Square Economic Tour
    Thu, Aug 22
    UU Urban Ministry
    Aug 22, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Aug 22, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Join UUUM Community Engagement Manager Curtis Santos to experience Nubian Square's shops, meet a local entrepreneur, and contribute to this economic initiative by buying local!
  • UUUM Tours: Trees of John Eliot Square: A historical perspective
    UUUM Tours: Trees of John Eliot Square: A historical perspective
    Sat, Sep 14
    UU Urban Ministry
    Sep 14, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Sep 14, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Join historian Thomas Plant to enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood focused on Roxbury's agriculture and horticulture and how these shaped the neighborhood over the years.
  • UUUM Tours: Trees of John Eliot Square: A historical perspective
    UUUM Tours: Trees of John Eliot Square: A historical perspective
    Sat, Oct 05
    UU Urban Ministry
    Oct 05, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Oct 05, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Join historian Thomas Plant to enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood focused on Roxbury's agriculture and horticulture and how these shaped the neighborhood over the years.
  • UUUM Tours: Trees of John Eliot Square: A historical perspective
    UUUM Tours: Trees of John Eliot Square: A historical perspective
    Sat, Oct 12
    UU Urban Ministry
    Oct 12, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Oct 12, 2024, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
    Join historian Thomas Plant to enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood focused on Roxbury's agriculture and horticulture and how these shaped the neighborhood over the years.

* There is a suggested donation of $10.00 - $30.00 to the UU Urban Ministry for taking a tour. CLICK HERE to visit our Donate page.

CONTACT US TO TAKE A TOUR

If you are interested in taking one of the upcoming scheduled neighborhood walking tours, or if you have any questions about the Urban Ministry's Tours Program, contact us by emailing: tours@uuum.org

Learn History. Make Change.

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The Urban Ministry's Tours Program is made possible, in part, by support from:

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