Pine Street Businesses and Cambridge’s Civil Rights History:

Spearheaded by the group Eastern Shore Network for Change, Cambridge has begun to highlight the history of the downtown African American business and residential community prior to 1967, and also have a community conversation about the Civil rights era and its legacy today. Here are some reading resources to help you get started learning about our city’s African American heritage:

Dorchester Banner Article – July 2017 – “Revisiting Up Pine Street and Civil War on Race Street”

“Civil War on Race Street” Book by Peter Levy (2003)

Reflections on Pine – visit their website

Pine Street is also where Cambridge got it’s kick name “Groove City”, when top name acts would visit Cambridge to perform at the height of the local Cambridge canning and preserving economy.

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