The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is one of my favorite Facebook pages. They have hundreds of photos posted depicting Jamaica Plain from as early as the 1800s. One of the best shows horse drawn buggies crawling along next to the pond – reminding us that JP was once known as the “Eden of America” for its rolling hills and vast green space. The area has seen a few changes since it was an epicenter for the Jamaica rum trade or a streetcar suburb. It’s changed since the anti-highway movement came together in the 60s to stop an eight-lane roadway from being built where we now see the Orange Line.
This Saturday the Jamaica Plain Historical Society is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Emily Greene Balch, JP's only Nobel Peace Prize winner. January 8th will also be designated Emily Greene Balch Day in Jamaica Plain from a declaration and proclamation by City Councilor Matt O'Malley. Emily Greene Balch was born on January 8th, 1867 in Jamaica Plain. Balch's grandparents moved to JP in the 1820's and for more than 100 years and four generations, the Balch family were leading members of the First Church of Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, said Balch biographer, Dr. Kristen Gwinn-Becker. In 1946, Balch became the second American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her visionary work with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Balch credited the church's Rev. Charles Fletcher Dole as a key inspiration in her work for peace and social justice, said Gwinn-Becker.
Students in Miss Roeske's music appreciation class at the Perkins Institution for the Blind. Located at the corner of Perkins and Day Streets in Hyde Square, the school was founded in 1887 and served children through age nine. For general instruction, students were segregated by sex. As you can see in the photograph, African-American children were welcomed. The school was an outgrowth of the Perkins Institution for the Blind in South Boston, founded by Samuel Gridley Howe.
Construction of Casey overpass in 1952 or 1953. Photograph courtesy of Ed Barrett. This is a view of construction of the Casey Overpass in 1952 or 1953, taken by Ed Barrett. This has been a big week for demolition of the overpass, of course, as sections of the bridge over Washington Street were removed during night work. Here are previous "Throwback Thursday" photos featuring construction of the Casey Overpass:
Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day: Casey Overpass Under Construction
Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day: Casey Overpass Under Construction II
Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day: Casey and the El
Each weekday we post a random image from around the neighborhood.
Ron Hafer, who was among the many locals who organized to stop I-95, speaks at a panel discussion hosted by the JP Historical Society in September 2014. Ron Hafer, one of many neighborhood residents involved in the fight against I-95, speaks at a Sept. 28, 2014 panel discussion at Doyle's. The meeting was hosted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Here's an edited transcript of the discussion.