About Discover Roxbury
Discover Roxbury celebrates Roxbury, the heart of the African American community in Boston and now home to a rich mix of Latinos, Caribbean people, Africans, Europeans and Cape Verdeans. We welcome both Roxbury residents and visitors to learn about and appreciate Roxbury's many assets: its vibrant art, historic past, long and continuing legacy of social activism, distinctive architecture, and unique food.
For Roxbury residents our tours are a great way to connect with Roxbury's rich history and culture. For residents of other neighborhoods and towns, our tours provide a unique and fun way to learn more about this special community You'll be amazed at what you discover.
Do you want to do more than sit on a bus and look out the window? Our tours are for you!
We keep them small and we appreciate our tour participants! Each tour begins with introductions, creating a warm, friendly atmosphere. Our guides all live or work in Roxbury so you will be in good hands as we travel through Roxbury. We participate in the Roxbury community---we get out to walk short distances and to see sites up close, to talk with residents, artists and store owners, to eat in the array of multicultural and ethnic restaurants, to buy unique gifts and books.
Here are a few comments from recent tour participants: “The highlights were the gorgeous art, the beauty of each gallery/museum, the friendliness and happiness to share with us,” “The trip was a totally new and inspirational experience,” “I did not expect such interesting places of business.”
We offer a series of themed tours—“moving lectures”--each year. The guides for these tours are leaders in the Roxbury community who provide their unique expertise and perspective on a diverse range of topics including Roxbury's Colonial History, Roxbury's Immigrant History, Roxbury's African American History and Public Art in Roxbury. We also offer a holiday art and shopping tour in December and a tour to Roxbury Open Studios in October.
Over the past year our tours have stopped at: The First Church of Roxbury, the Dillaway Thomas House, Highland Park, Mission Church, Eliot Burial Ground, The Shirley Eustis House, Tropical Foods, The Food Project, The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the Hamill Gallery, African American Master Artists in Residency Program , the studio of Reginald Jackson, Ralph Beach 's studio, The Gallery at the Piano factory , Nubian Notion and Jamaicaway Books. We have eaten at great restaurants offering delicious cuisine from around the world-- Mississippi's, Cesaria, Merengue, United House of Prayer and Keith's Place.
Discover Roxbury, a project of the Bridges Program, is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with ACT(Arts, Culture and Trade) Roxbury Consortium ( www.actroxbury.org ). ACT Roxbury is the cultural economic development program of Madison Park Development Corporation (www.madison-park.org), one of the oldest community development corporations in the country, now in its 37 th year.
ACT Roxbury's mission is to use arts and culture to enrich and strengthen the physical, economic and social revitalization of the Dudley Square Business District and Lower Roxbury community by engaging and cultivating cultural businesses, artists and institutions as economic resources and community assets. ACT Roxbury sponsors the Roxbury Film Festival, Roxbury Open Studios and many other cultural events.
When we talk about tourism we're talking about a lot more than just cultural and heritage attractions. We are talking about visiting communities, institutions, sites, homes, restaurants, museums, stores and factories. We believe that by traveling, by visiting these places we are educating and we learn. From that new knowledge we receive not only pleasure, but information which hopefully is transformed into wisdom.
One of the only ways we can experience the real thing in context is by not moving it, but by moving ourselves—its called traveling.”
Massachusetts State Representative Byron Rushing