February 1, 2007 — Vol. 42, No. 25
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John AndrewPatrick honors abolitionist governor

Howard Manly

His college friends at Bowdoin described him as having a “strong noble impulse.”

They didn’t know just how strong or how noble the impulse was that was imbedded in John Andrew.

As the 25th governor of Massachusetts, Andrew is given credit for providing soldiers for the Union Army during the Civil War. But that is only part of the reason that Deval Patrick, the state’s first African American governor, decided to hang Andrew’s portrait in his office in the State House. Full story

The ‘Strange’ tale of a black Boston sailor

Dan Devine

While Black History Month often focuses on the stories of figures whose exploits grabbed headlines, the tales of lives never before explored can sometimes prove equally compelling.

One such historical afterthought will take center stage next Wednesday night, giving a 19th century black sailor from Beacon Hill named David Debias a chance to live again. Full story

The African Meeting House
The African Meeting House is Boston’s first black church. This year marks the church’s Bicentennial, which will be commemorated by The Museum of African American History. (File photo)
Launch of Web site leads list of special events honoring black achievement

The Library of Congress holds several million items of African American history and culture.  In celebrating the history of African Americans, the Library has launched an online resource page (www.loc.gov/africanamericans) featuring its rich African American collections, from slave narratives to veterans’ oral histories; stories on major historical figures; ready-to-use lesson plans for teachers; collection guides and online exhibitions. Full story

Red Sox to host 125 area youths for fifth annual Jackie Robinson tribute

The Boston Red Sox hosted their fifth annual Celebration of the Life of Jackie Robinson yesterday at the State Street Pavilion and EMC Club at Fenway Park, on what would have been the 88th birthday of the man who heroically broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Full story

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