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Freedom House Photographs, Available Online

Thursday, January 1, 2009
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Freedom House Photographs, Available Online

Roxbury Garden Project, 1960. Photo by Irene Shwachman.

A digital resource of more than 2400 images, "Roxbury People, Places and Events, 1950-1975," is now available online at:

Freedom House was founded in 1949 by social workers Otto P. and Muriel S. Snowden. The initial goal of Freedom House was to centralize community activism in the fight for neighborhood improvement, good schools, and harmony among racial, ethnic, and religious groups in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Freedom House went on to play critical roles in urban renewal in Roxbury and in the desegregation of the Boston Public Schools. A guide to the entire Freedom House Collection may be viewed at

The digitization of the images was made possible in part through a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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