Black Lexington residents fought on the Lexington Green and have continued to contribute to the rich history of Lexington and the Commonwealth. To increase the knowledge and recognition of the history of Black people, the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) invites you to donate to the Black History Project of Lexington.
Your donation will support the Oral and Visual History Project of Lexingtonians of African Descent, ABCL’s Black History Portrait Banners, and ABCL’s Lexington Black Heritage Trail. One of our 24 portrait banner honorees is Isaac Barbadoes. Mr. Barbadoes was born in 1755. His parents Quawk Abel and Kate Barbadoes raised him, his sister Mercy, and his brother Abel in Lexington. Isaac Barbadoes died in 1777 while serving in the Revolutionary War as a soldier in the 15th Massachusetts Regiment.
Any contribution will help ABCL reach its goal of $25,000.
By Phone: 781-862-1212 ext 205 Commanding Officer on-duty 781-863-9205 bypass the phone tree; Commanding Officer on-duty 781-862-1212 ext 300 Chief’s Office 781-863-9300 bypass the phone tree; Chief’s Office
Social Media The Lexington Police Department has a Facebook page which is managed by our Community Resource Detective Aiden Evelyn. We are currently reviewing a better process by which to receive complaints by a social media platform.
In addition, you may consider filing a complaint or concern with the following:
Everyone has a story. Will you share yours with us?
Historical Society and the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington
(ABCL) are teaming up to document the history of the black experience in
town. Collecting oral histories, photographs, documents, and artifacts
will help historians build a clear and complete picture of Lexington’s
February 8th, at our inaugural event, we will be collecting stories and
scanning photographs at the new Archives and Research Center at Munroe
ABCL CELEBRATES ITS 3rd ANNUAL MLK DAY AT CARY LIBRARY WITH A DISCUSSION ON DR. KING AND EDUCATION
Join the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) in commemorating the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Large Meeting Room in Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. We will open the event with Lift Every Voice and Sing performed by soloist Dr. Juliette Browne. This will be followed by a discussion on Dr. King’s essay, “The Purpose of Education” written when he was a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
original historical narratives, a dozen civil rights songs and over 200
historical images, this performance offers the story of the Civil
Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting
activists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker.
Charlie King and Candace Cassin recreate these dramatic events using first
person historical narrative with over a dozen songs and more than 200
images from the Civil Rights Struggle. There is an emphasis on
individual acts of courage and inspired action.
King is a musical storyteller, movement historian and political
satirist. He is the 2018 recipient of the annual Phil Ochs Award, in
recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice
in the spirit of Phil Ochs. Candace Cassin is a social service provider,
spiritual director and teacher of Buddhist practice.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month! In celebration, ABCL invites you to a screening of Jazz on a Summer’s Day Saturday, April 20, 3pm-4:30 at Cary Library in the Large Meeting Room.
Jazz on a Summer’s Day is a concert film about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. The film features performances by Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Anita O’Day, Dinah Washington, Chuck Berry, Jack Teagarden, Buck Clayton, Jo Jones, Armando Peraza, Mahalia Jackson, and others. In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.