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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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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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                                                                                                                                                                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

 

Junction of Washington and Dudley Sts. Erecting two columns. 1909 February 5, Boston Elevated Railway photographs (Accession #2015-004)
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Columbus statue in Louisburg Square, August 1974, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.
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Columbus statue in Louisburg Square, August 1974, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.

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U.S. Savings Bond drive poster, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1962. Mayor John F. Collins records (Collection # 0244.001)
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U.S. Savings Bond drive poster, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1962. Mayor John F. Collins records (Collection # 0244.001)

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Looking easterly towards northerly incline to Fields Corner Station, 1927 November 14, Dorchester Rapid Transit photographs,  (Collection # 8300.002)
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Looking easterly towards northerly incline to Fields Corner Station, 1927 November 14, Dorchester Rapid Transit photographs,  (Collection # 8300.002)

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Christian Science Reflecting Pool, circa 1975-1990, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.
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Christian Science Reflecting Pool, circa 1975-1990, Peter H. Dreyer slide collection, Collection #9800.007, City of Boston Archives.

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