To Do Today: Central Square Activism Walking Tour, Featuring Graffiti Alley and City Hall
The Cambridge Historical Society details history from the 1960s to present day
Walking tour of Central Square’s historical activism sites in Cambridge
Thursday, July 25, from 6 to 8 pm; Saturday, July 27, from 10 am to noon
The corner of Green Street and Sidney Place, Cambridge. Central Square can be reached via the MBTA Red Line and the meeting location is a five-minute walk from there.
$15 for nonmembers of the Cambridge Historical Society, $10 for members, plus a small processing fee. Tickets can be found here.
Why should I go?
Historically a place where immigrants would go upon their arrival to America, Cambridge’s Central Square has a reputation as a hotbed for social change. It has a history of people fighting for civil rights, affordable housing, equal representation, and more. The tour covers activism in the forms of protests, organization, debate, and community service, and is led by Cambridge Historical Society intern Amelia Zurcher, who just earned her master’s degree in history from UMass Amherst.
Stops on the tour include Massachusetts Avenue’s Graffiti Alley, which is exactly what it sounds like. The alley connects Central Square to a parking lot, but the illustrations on the walls serve as a constantly changing art installation reflecting the people and moods within the neighborhood. Additionally, the tour will stop by Cambridge City Hall and a site of housing activism near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.