Shirley-Eustis Place is now a City of Boston Landmark. Thank you to the Boston Landmarks Commission, Mayor Kim Janey's office, Representative Liz Miranda's office the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and the neighbors, members and friends who supported our petition.
In assembling the documentary materials for our landmark appliation we received invaluable assistance from Harvard student Aabid Allibhai, who has begun to uncover the untold history of slavery at Shirley Place. And in order to better understand the architectural history of the site, Boston Landmarks Commission issued a study report which included the old outbuilding at 42-44 Shirley Street. The information contained in these reports provides the tools to begin telling a more complete story of eighteenth century life at Shirley Place. We can now to recognize and honor the lives of the enslaved people--Jack and Jane, Thomas Scipio, Affy, Caesar, Hannah, and others yet to be discovered-- who made the gentility and beauty of His Excellency the Royal Governor's country residence possible. They, along with thousands of other enslaved people in New England, were an integral tool in the success of the colonial enterprise both before and after the American Revolution.