Pilgrims arrived in the New World in 1620. They constructed a plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Boston city was chartered in 1630. Harvard University was founded in 1635.
Africans were brought to Boston in 1638 and many of them were from Angola. Our store items feature our unique Black Boston, Massachusetts, est 1638 registered service mark to remember the Early Africans in Black Boston's foundation year.
This image shall serve as a teaching moment. Its about the impact Black Africans made on Early Boston before the Revolutionary War with the British.
Souvenirs honor cultures of the world. Our Black Boston souvenir collection was inspired by the story of one Dorcas de Blackmore, an African female from Angola who traveled with a small group of Africans when they arrived in the City of Boston. The ship was named "Desire." She was amazing!
Researcher and professor Gloria Whiting, Ph D., had studied her life extensively and presented part of her Early Africans in Boston research at a lecture held at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Dorcas's story was embargoed pending her book publication, however she shared some of the research papers she was carrying with me, webmaster / publisher of BlackBoston.com and related sites.
Dorcas was a member of the Puritan Blackamore family. This young African woman attended their church and learned to read and write English better than most parishoners there. By the year 1657, she had been baptized at the First Church of Dorchester and became an established member of the church membership. Dr. Whiting saw the document there.
She was very accomplished, so much so that church members arranged among themselves to purchase her freedom. Dorcas met a Black man who was enslaved and lived a distance away. But somehow they dated, fell in love and had kids.
Her story is an example of the many black couples who met while enslaved in the North. New England had slaves. The Royall House and Slave Quarters plantation still stands today in Medford, Massachusetts. The Royall family put 45 slaves to work there. Most of them were teenagers. The Royalls owned 250 slaves working their sugar plantations in the West Indies, Barbados.
Boston souvenirs are sold off of carts downtown in the Fanueil Hall, City Hall Plaza area. You will not find Black Boston souvenirs there. And since Nubian Notion has closed, there is a scarcity of Black Boston gift shops for unique black greeting cards and personal comfort items - the candles, incense, oils, etc.
Popular Boston souvenirs are the Boston Red Sox caps, New England Patriots team jerseys, Tea Party Ship Museum items and memorabilia sold in Fanueil Hall Quincy Market shops. Harvard University shirts are popular with Asian tourist, so much so that busloads debark into the Coop store in Harvard Square to buy the Harvard branded items.
This web site makes Black Boston souvenirs with an image registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts mark division. We envision that one day, Black Bostonians will embrace a "community seal" or embellish the 1638 mark's relevance to Boston's African American Heritage and History.
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1638 Brand Collection
Black Boston, Massachusetts
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867 Boylston St, 5th Fl
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 942-1301