History

New version of old fountain envisioned on Bowdoin St.

Earl Taylor, president of the Dorchester Historical Society, will be visiting civic associations this week to explain a plan to replace a long-lost fountain at Coppens Square in the Meeting House Hill area.

"It's right across from Hendry Street that is getting a lot of attention from the mayor right now," said Taylor. "Hopefully that can help us."  Read more

A little help for city's oldest house

The oldest house in the city of Boston is a Dorchester landmark near Edward Everett Square. The historic James Blake House on Columbia Road has undergone an extensive rehabilitation to correct some deterioration to the external areas, and to correct "well-meaning but unsympathetic changes to the appearance of the building," in the words of local preservationists.  Read more

Truth from the jailhouse

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for leading an "illegal" demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama. A group of white clergymen who nominally supported full "civil rights for negroes" took King to task for his provocative actions.  Read more

Neighborhood Historian, Civic Leader Don Brown Dead at 79

One of the neighborhood's great historians and civic pioneers died last week after a life spent in celebration of his adopted home.

Donald Brown, 79, whose battle against cancer did not deter him from celebrating one final Dorchester Day in style this summer, succumbed at his Meetinghouse Hill home on Thursday.

Brown will be rememberd by friends and family as a proud veteran, a gentle and caring soul who devoted the last decades of his life to promoting and protecting the neighborhood.  Read more