Documents, Historical Images


Smith School

The Boston Almanac (pg. 65)

Original Record


The Boston Almanac published this sketch of the Abiel Smith School on Belknap (now Joy) Street in 1849, over ten years after it first opened. By this time, parents of the schoolchildren had already begun their fight for desegregating schools in Boston.

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Smith Court Stories

Smith Court Stories is a collaborative project of the Museum of African American History and Boston African American National Historic Site – a unit of the National Parks of Boston.

The creators of Smith Court Stories acknowledge that Smith Court in Beacon Hill sits on the historical Massachusett tribe territories.