It is Black History Month and the continued call for reparation for slavery shed some light of hope for some communities in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston’s Mayor, Michelle Wu has announced that committees have been formed to look into the city’s past and investigate and record the City of Boston’s historical connections with slavery.
The mayor who recently made this announcement said that the committees will examine the city’s role with the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. These committees will examine the institution of slavery and its legacies.
According to Mayor Wu the historians will make connections and see the impact of slavery on the daily lives of the communities. “I am grateful to these teams of historians who will serve our city by documenting Boston’s role in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and myriad legacies of slavery that continues to impact the daily lives of our city’s communities.”
One area of research will be the effect and the impact that slavery had on the city’s descendants up until present day.
When local Boston resident, a descendant of slave, Donna Miller learnt of the city’s effort to investigate and further record the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade operations in Boston decades ago, she told the Caribbean Life Newspaper that, she was glad discussions are taking place, ‘but I will wait and see what will happen,” she somberly commented.