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To follow up my first post highlighting items from the Copley Square Memorial Collection, I wanted to discuss this beautiful poster. 
I find it completely representative of the different types of people who come to together make a memorial like this one. There is writing surrounding drawings. There are Biblical references alongside cheers for a unified nation. There are mentions of Sarasota, Florida and Toronto, Canada. My favorite portion of the poster is the corner that has been claimed by a bold orange and the message “WE WILL ENDURE”. Most importantly, every individual drawing, comment, and prayer comes together to form the overarching call for “Peace”.

ourmarathon:

To follow up my first post highlighting items from the Copley Square Memorial Collection, I wanted to discuss this beautiful poster. 

I find it completely representative of the different types of people who come to together make a memorial like this one. There is writing surrounding drawings. There are Biblical references alongside cheers for a unified nation. There are mentions of Sarasota, Florida and Toronto, Canada. My favorite portion of the poster is the corner that has been claimed by a bold orange and the message “WE WILL ENDURE”. Most importantly, every individual drawing, comment, and prayer comes together to form the overarching call for “Peace”.

Nurse’s room, circa 1890s, Boston City Hospital School of Nursing collection.
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Nurse’s room, circa 1890s, Boston City Hospital School of Nursing collection.

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ourmarathon:


Sending Our Support from Worcester! 

View more items from the Copley Square Memorial here.

ourmarathon:

Sending Our Support from Worcester! 

View more items from the Copley Square Memorial here.

On this day in 1824, after receiving a report from Boston’s Health Commissioner, the Mayor ordered the quarantine of certain vessels arriving in Boston Harbor.

The Mayor’s order reads:

"City of Boston

"An order relative to the quarantine of vessels from certain places in the United States.

"It is ordered by the City Council that until the further order of the City Council there shall be a quarantine on all vessels arriving from ports or places situated to the south and west of Savannah and within the United States and the territories thereof.

"In Common Council August 9th, 1824

"This order being twice read, passed

In the Board of Aldermen, August 12th, 1824

"This order being read, passed

"Josiah Quincy, Mayor"

Report from the Health Commissioner reads:

"Boston, July 30, 1824

"To the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Boston

"Gentlemen,

"The existing law imposing quarantine on vessels naming particular places from whence they must come, and that either sickness is on board or deaths have occurred during the voyage - or in case sickness should prevail at any port not named in the ordinance; They Mayor and Aldermen should they deem it for the security of the inhabitants may impose a Quarantine by publishing the fact of the prevalence of contagious or infectious disease at the port or place to be named.

"The present is to draw the attention of the Government on the propriety of establishing quarantine on all vessels from New Orleans from the following which occurred this forenoon. Information was given that some of the crew of a vessel from New Orleans were sick and dispersed themselves in various directions - one of which I found in a cellar in Broad Street, the others {I] have not been able to find as yet, but anticipate seeing them all at Capt Pratt’s store at 3:00.

"I went on board the Brig and found them unloading a quantity of hides in a very bad state. I gave directions to the laborers who were unloading not to suffer any more to be landed, but have them put on board a lighter and sent to the Island- which will be complied with.

"The man found in the cellar will be sent to the Island this afternoon, and any other of the crew, should they be found, and appear in a bad state of health.

"The Government will perceive the tenor of the Quarantine Law and will observe that no contagious or infectious disease "doth prevail" or hath recently prevailed at New Orleans: But whether it would not comply with the wishes of the Citizens that a Quarantine should be laid on all vessels coming from New Orleans is for the Government to decide"


"Here We Go Boston!!!!!!!!!!!!" A drawing accompanying a Letter to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Marathon bombings from a student at St. Paul’s Catholic School. 

"Here We Go Boston!!!!!!!!!!!!" A drawing accompanying a Letter to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Marathon bombings from a student at St. Paul’s Catholic School. 

(Source: ourmarathon)

Eagle Street Carhouse, progress view, 6 November 1915,  Public Works Department photograph collection (Collection #5000.009)
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Eagle Street Carhouse, progress view, 6 November 1915,  Public Works Department photograph collection (Collection #5000.009)

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Looking north from near Brookline St. 1899 November 7, Boston Elevated Railway photographs (Accession #2015-004)
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Looking north from near Brookline St. 1899 November 7, Boston Elevated Railway photographs (Accession #2015-004)

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Petition of Primus Hall and others to the School Committee requesting renovations for the Abiel Smith School, 1838 August 6, City Council proceedings, (Collection #0100.001), City of Boston Archives.

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Transcript:

                                                                                                                                                                Aug 6th. 1838.

 

To the School Committee

of the City of Boston

 

                Gentlemen,

The undersigned colored citizens of Boston, esteeming the education of youth one of the greatest of earthly blessings, respectfully petition your Committee in relation to the Smith Schoolhouse.  We are subjected to some inconveniences in having but one school to which to send our children from all parts of the city.  We have felt that the law gave us equal rights with other citizens to send our children to any school in the place. Yet we have voluntarily forborne the exercise of this right since we perceived it to be offensive to our fellow citizens, and also have cheerfully consented to employ only the Smith Schoolhouse.  We have done this more readily, as we thought we perceived in the City authorities an anxious desire to afford increased facilities for the instruction of our youth.  For what has already been done we feel grateful, and doubt not the disposition of the City government to do anything for our benefit which we can reasonably desire within the scope of their power. 1st we ask that from the Smith Fund, or from any other source, as the city may prefer, another story may be added to the Smith school house.  Competent judges have decided that it may be done with safety, and at small expense as the roof need not be taken off, but raised.  The object of this addition is that there may be more room for the school, even at present, and which, in all probability will be required for another department. 2d This is the only place in the city, in which the more advanced scholars can receive free scientific instruction for which purpose we believe it altogether in adequate.  The English High School has a lecture room connected with it, which we very much need. With Settees suitably arranged the room might answer the purpose of a lecture room for the giving of lectures, which are of incalculable advantage, and being no expense to the City. 3d Such a room is much needed for the annual exhibitions which at present but a small number of the parents and friends can attend for want of accommodation.

In view of these facts, and in consideration of the Fund left by Abiel Smith for the benefit of the people of color, which we are informed amounts to about twenty thousand dollars and the income of which the City has received for nearly twenty years, we feel confident that our prayers will be readily granted.

Should the above be favorably received by the Board, we further respectfully ask that our request may be presented to that branch of the City Government, whose province it is to carry measures into execution.

The above is respectfully submitted by your obedient servants

John T. Hilton                                        Primus Hall

John P. Coburn                                     George Putnam

William Riley                                         A. F. Clark

S H Lewis                                             Jonas W. Clark

George Washington                               Peter Gray

Joseph Butler                                        John Rogers

H G Hill                                                 Peter Clarke

Thomas Cole                                         Coffin Pitts

Benjamin P. Bassett                              John Robinson

Thomas Dalton                                      John E. Scarlett

Peter Howard                                         William Junior

James Brown                                         Thomas Brown

Samuel S. Cook                                     C?

P. Thurston                                            James G. Barbadoes

Jonathan Cash

John W Leary

 

In School Committee August 7. 1838. Read + thereupon ordered that the Chairman of this board be requested to communicate this petition to the City Council.

                                                                Attest S McCleary, Secretary