Revolutionary Spaces

Revolutionary Spaces Revolutionary Spaces brings people together to explore the American struggle to create and sustain a free society, singularly evoked by Boston's Old South Meeting House and Old State House.

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β›ˆοΈπŸ“£ Due to impending extreme weather conditions, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House will delay opening unti...
09/01/2021

β›ˆοΈπŸ“£ Due to impending extreme weather conditions, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House will delay opening until noon on Thursday, September 2.

β›ˆοΈπŸ“£ Due to impending extreme weather conditions, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House will delay opening until noon on Thursday, September 2.

Last week, the opening for "When Up, Look Down" by Darren Cole featured some of the props from his video installation sh...
08/30/2021

Last week, the opening for "When Up, Look Down" by Darren Cole featured some of the props from his video installation shoot. Our 2021 Artist Fellows hold a vital magnifying glass up to our notions of who belongs in these historic spaces & who is part of the American conversation.

Last week, the opening for "When Up, Look Down" by Darren Cole featured some of the props from his video installation shoot. Our 2021 Artist Fellows hold a vital magnifying glass up to our notions of who belongs in these historic spaces & who is part of the American conversation.

πŸ“–πŸ“’ The latest from HonorΓ©e Fanonne Jeffers got a lovely shout-out from Oprah's Book Club!"So sumptuous. I really envy yo...
08/30/2021
Oprah's New Book Club Pick: The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by HonorΓ©e Fanonne Jeffers

πŸ“–πŸ“’ The latest from HonorΓ©e Fanonne Jeffers got a lovely shout-out from Oprah's Book Club!

"So sumptuous. I really envy you all, getting to read this for the first time."

We have loved working with Professor Jeffers, and we couldn't agree more!

https://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/oprahs-new-book-club-pick-the-love-songs-of-web-du-bois

In partnership with Apple, Oprah Winfrey has announced her latest selection for Oprah's Book Club is 'The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,' a powerful novel by acclaimed poet HonorΓ©e Fanonne Jeffers.

🍡πŸ₯³πŸŒƒ Tea Party Tonight host Rob Crean visits Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia and asks them why he thinks he should shop ...
08/25/2021

🍡πŸ₯³πŸŒƒ Tea Party Tonight host Rob Crean visits Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia and asks them why he thinks he should shop there instead of Ikea.

Next episode September 30!

http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/tea-party-tonight

🍡πŸ₯³πŸŒƒ Tea Party Tonight host Rob Crean visits Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia and asks them why he thinks he should shop there instead of Ikea.

Next episode September 30!

http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/tea-party-tonight

"There's a diversity of voices and faces in Boston and we want to invite them into this space as well, and have them fee...
08/25/2021
Installation Fills Gap in Revolutionary Space

"There's a diversity of voices and faces in Boston and we want to invite them into this space as well, and have them feel empowered that their voices are being represented."

Darren Cole's "When Up, Look Down" opens tonight at the #OldSouthMeetingHouse!

A multi-channel video installation at Old South Meeting House sheds a more inclusive light on aspects of Boston's Black history during the struggle for freed...

Sneaking into Boston's historic sites to do a talk show worked wonders for host Rob Crean. We're gonna see what happens ...
08/25/2021

Sneaking into Boston's historic sites to do a talk show worked wonders for host Rob Crean. We're gonna see what happens when he tries it in Philadelphia. 🍡πŸ₯³πŸŒƒ Tea Party Tonight! returns Sep 30, including a visit to Carpenters' Hall.

http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/tea-party-tonight

Sneaking into Boston's historic sites to do a talk show worked wonders for host Rob Crean. We're gonna see what happens when he tries it in Philadelphia. 🍡πŸ₯³πŸŒƒ Tea Party Tonight! returns Sep 30, including a visit to Carpenters' Hall.

http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/tea-party-tonight

It's so important to examine ways these spaces have historically excluded people, and how they can open to more perspect...
08/24/2021

It's so important to examine ways these spaces have historically excluded people, and how they can open to more perspectives and more voices. Come to the opening of "Heard" by 2021 Artist Fellow James Ellis Coleman at the #OldStateHouse on September 1!

http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/james-ellis-coleman-opening/

It's so important to examine ways these spaces have historically excluded people, and how they can open to more perspectives and more voices. Come to the opening of "Heard" by 2021 Artist Fellow James Ellis Coleman at the #OldStateHouse on September 1!

http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/james-ellis-coleman-opening/

08/24/2021
Amo Ngoepe - Phillis Wheatley 250th Baptism Anniversary

Reamogetje (Amo) Ngoepe is the Pastoral Resident at Old South Church in Boston, through City Mission's Urban Pastoral Ministry Program. Amo is from South Africa and recently graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York with her MDiv focusing on psychology and religion.

Here she speaks on the 250th anniversary of Phillis Wheatley's baptism at the #OldSouthMeetingHouse, about the sense of belonging and purpose this new community in a strange land may have brought to a young woman enslaved at the age of eight.

For more information and interviews, visit http://revolutionaryspaces.org/wheatley-baptism

🎀🀣 There's a lot to laugh about when women's history scholars come together for Historians Comedy Hour: History, She Wro...
08/23/2021

🎀🀣 There's a lot to laugh about when women's history scholars come together for Historians Comedy Hour: History, She Wrote. Hosted by Kendra Dawsey, the laughs are coming September 13. Check it out and register:

http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/comedy-hour/

🎀🀣 There's a lot to laugh about when women's history scholars come together for Historians Comedy Hour: History, She Wrote. Hosted by Kendra Dawsey, the laughs are coming September 13. Check it out and register:

http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/comedy-hour/

08/23/2021
Jessica Young Chang - Phillis Wheatley 250th Baptism Anniversary

Jessica Young Chang is a Masters of Divinity student in the class of 2022 and President of the HDS Student Association at Harvard Divinity School.

Here she speaks on the 250th anniversary of Phillis Wheatley's baptism at the #OldSouthMeetingHouse, about how Wheatley's experiences as a writer and enslaved woman in 18th-century Boston have lasting resonance in America and in the church.

For more information and interviews, visit http://revolutionaryspaces.org/wheatley-baptism

Due to impending extreme weather conditions, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House will be closed Sunday, Augu...
08/21/2021

Due to impending extreme weather conditions, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House will be closed Sunday, August 22 and will re-open at noon on Monday, August 23.

Due to impending extreme weather conditions, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House will be closed Sunday, August 22 and will re-open at noon on Monday, August 23.

🀩 We can't wait to share Darren Cole's amazing work at the #OldSouthMeetingHouse. πŸ“Ή Here he and his crew are filming for...
08/20/2021

🀩 We can't wait to share Darren Cole's amazing work at the #OldSouthMeetingHouse. πŸ“Ή Here he and his crew are filming for his video installation "When Up, Look Down" that opens next week! More pictures & info here: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/exhibits/artist-fellows/when-up-look-down/

🀩 We can't wait to share Darren Cole's amazing work at the #OldSouthMeetingHouse. πŸ“Ή Here he and his crew are filming for his video installation "When Up, Look Down" that opens next week! More pictures & info here: https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/exhibits/artist-fellows/when-up-look-down/

08/20/2021
Cheryl Harris - Phillis Wheatley's 250 Baptism Anniversary

Cheryl Harris is a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and the CEO of Cheryl Harris and Associates, Inc. She holds a BA in English Literature from Emmanuel College and a Master of Divinity Degree from Boston University School of Theology.

Here she speaks on the 250th anniversary of Phillis Wheatley's baptism at the #OldSouthMeetingHouse, about how Wheatley used her writing and her faith to lift up the best parts of ourselves, even two centuries later.

For more information and interviews, visit http://revolutionaryspaces.org/wheatley-baptism

08/19/2021
Dr. Deb Washington - Phillis Wheatley 250th Baptism Anniversary

Dr. Deb Washington is the Director of Diversity for Nursing and Patient Care Services at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Here she speaks on the 250th anniversary of Phillis Wheatley's baptism at #OldSouthMeetingHouse, about how Wheatley's experiences as a writer and enslaved woman in 18th-century Boston have lasting resonance in America and in the church.

For more information and interviews, visit http://revolutionaryspaces.org/wheatley-baptism

08/18/2021
250th Anniversary of Phillis Wheatley's Baptism

Ten years after her enslavement and arrival in America, Phillis Wheatley chose to be baptized in what is now the Old South Meeting House on August 18, 1771. As a member of the church, she found a community and a deep spiritual connection, but she also likely felt some unease sharing fellowship with white congregants who owned slaves.

To mark the 250th anniversary of Wheatley’s baptism, we have teamed with Old South Church in Boston to ask four different local Black women leaders to reflect on her work and how it has impacted Black people’s fight for liberation in America.

Featuring interviews with Dr. Deborah Washington, Cheryl Harris, Jessica Young Chang, and Amo Ngoepe. For more info, visit http://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/wheatley-baptism

Join us Aug. 25 for the Opening of Darren Coles's "When Up, Look Down," a multi-channel video installation at #OldSouthM...
08/12/2021
Artist Fellow Opening: Darren Cole

Join us Aug. 25 for the Opening of Darren Coles's "When Up, Look Down," a multi-channel video installation at #OldSouthMeetingHouse that explores historical themes of belonging, race, and religion.

AUG 25: Inaugural Artist Fellow Darren Cole opens his piece titled "When Up, Look Down" at the Old South Meeting House.

Step into the #OldStateHouse and #OldSouthMeetingHouse this fall to explore all-new artistic visions of the American sto...
08/12/2021

Step into the #OldStateHouse and #OldSouthMeetingHouse this fall to explore all-new artistic visions of the American story through a series of art installations at these historic sites that challenge the traditional narratives of memory and voice.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/exhibits/artist-fellows/

Step into the #OldStateHouse and #OldSouthMeetingHouse this fall to explore all-new artistic visions of the American story through a series of art installations at these historic sites that challenge the traditional narratives of memory and voice.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/exhibits/artist-fellows/

07/23/2021

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We're not saying July is almost over, that you're running out of time to do the things you planned for summer, that you should visit the #OldStateHouse & #OldSouthMeetingHouse NOW before September brings back all your responsibilities...

We're NOT saying that...

07/18/2021

🦁πŸ”₯πŸ¦„ It took 2 weeks from signing the #DeclarationofIndependence πŸ“œ in Philly to reading it from this balcony #OTD in 1776. The statues on the roof were torn down & burned in defiance of the king. πŸ‘‘ We're glad these replicas give the #OldStateHouse such a distinctive roofline.

07/12/2021

From steeples to street level, the #OldStateHouse and the #OldSouthMeetingHouse are open! Come visit Revolutionary Spaces on the #FreedomTrail.

07/09/2021

#FanPhotoFriday Old and new side by side. Thanks for the comparison of the Old State House throughout the years, @peterperry_ !

πŸ“Έ: @peterperry_

07/04/2021

Like a great preamble, the little-known opening of God Bless America is full of beautiful phrases that set the tone for what is to come. We were honored to have Dana Whiteside join us at the #OldStateHouse this year. We could listen to this on a loop until next #IndependenceDay.

#FourthofJuly#IndependenceDay#DeclarationofIndependence#OldStateHouse
07/04/2021

#FourthofJuly
#IndependenceDay
#DeclarationofIndependence
#OldStateHouse

#FourthofJuly
#IndependenceDay
#DeclarationofIndependence
#OldStateHouse

#FourthofJuly#IndependenceDay#DeclarationofIndependence#OldStateHouse
07/04/2021

#FourthofJuly
#IndependenceDay
#DeclarationofIndependence
#OldStateHouse

#FourthofJuly
#IndependenceDay
#DeclarationofIndependence
#OldStateHouse

#FourthofJuly#IndependenceDay#DeclarationofIndependence#OldStateHouse
07/04/2021

#FourthofJuly
#IndependenceDay
#DeclarationofIndependence
#OldStateHouse

#FourthofJuly
#IndependenceDay
#DeclarationofIndependence
#OldStateHouse

πŸ“œ TOMORROW! Can you even call it the Fourth of July in Boston you don't hear the #DeclarationofIndependence read from th...
07/03/2021

πŸ“œ TOMORROW! Can you even call it the Fourth of July in Boston you don't hear the #DeclarationofIndependence read from the Old State House balcony? Yeah, sure you can, but why deprive yourself? Show up and show King George III what's what.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/declaration-of-independence/

πŸ“œ TOMORROW! Can you even call it the Fourth of July in Boston you don't hear the #DeclarationofIndependence read from the Old State House balcony? Yeah, sure you can, but why deprive yourself? Show up and show King George III what's what.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/declaration-of-independence/

The reading of the Declaration of Independence πŸ“œ from the balcony of the Old State House is a tradition that has endured...
07/02/2021

The reading of the Declaration of Independence πŸ“œ from the balcony of the Old State House is a tradition that has endured through every iteration of the building, from royal seat to State House to commercial space to museum. Join us again this year!

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/declaration-of-independence/

The reading of the Declaration of Independence πŸ“œ from the balcony of the Old State House is a tradition that has endured through every iteration of the building, from royal seat to State House to commercial space to museum. Join us again this year!

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/declaration-of-independence/

The first time Boston heard the #DeclarationofIndependence πŸ“œ they got so amped up they climbed the building & tore down ...
07/01/2021

The first time Boston heard the #DeclarationofIndependence πŸ“œ they got so amped up they climbed the building & tore down the lion & unicorn statues, symbols of the king.

We know it's an exciting time, but please...

DO NOT. SCALE. THE OLD STATE HOUSE.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/declaration-of-independence/

The first time Boston heard the #DeclarationofIndependence πŸ“œ they got so amped up they climbed the building & tore down the lion & unicorn statues, symbols of the king.

We know it's an exciting time, but please...

DO NOT. SCALE. THE OLD STATE HOUSE.

https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/declaration-of-independence/

06/30/2021

Reckon with history this week! Audiences at Moving through History: A Tour of Artistic Interventions at Notable Boston Historical Sites will be guided to a number of historic locations by the Old South Meeting House. We will travel through space together encountering maps, readings, movement, and art-making, to collectively shift our gaze towards collective liberation.

Two dates to join: JUN 30 + JUL 1 β†’ amrep.org/MovingThroughHistory

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?This important question, posed by Frederick Douglass in 1852, is a vital part of...
06/30/2021

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

This important question, posed by Frederick Douglass in 1852, is a vital part of examining the promise of the founding of this country, and the work we have to do to extend that promise to all people. Check out where Douglass's speech will be read in your area.

Communities across the Commonwealth will participate in Reading Frederick Douglass Together events this July. Find listings and resources to join this tradition. More info: http://ow.ly/Emaa50F6QYt #RFDT21

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Followers and members might be interested in the chapters on Roger Williams, Anne Bradstreet, and William & Ellen Craft from my recently published non-fiction book "Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain." The Crafts were an escaped slave couple from Georgia who were harbored in Boston by abolitionists, but had to flee to England following passage of the Fugitive Slave Law. Book is available from Sunbury Press Books, your local bookstore, and Amazon, which provides a Look Inside and reviews.