Thursday, June 21, 2012

Malcolm X House Designated as one of 11 Most Endangered Properties by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Marita Riveroof WGBH, Alicia Leuba of the National Trust,
Mayor Thomas Menino, Rodnell Collins,
Annie Cherian-Collins, Kathy Kottaridis of HBI 

On June 6, 2012 a group of over one hundred gathered at 72 Dale Street in Roxbury, MA to hear the announcement that the Malcolm X - Ella Collins House has been named one of the America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The house was owned by Ella Little Collins, the sister of Malcolm X, and was where Malcolm lived for a period of time between 1941 to 1947. Historic Boston Inc. has been working with Mr. Rodnell Collins-son of Ella and nephew of Malcolm X, and current owner of this Boston landmark- to create a plan for the property. Currently, the plan is to bring the house back to its appearance in the 1940's, when Malcolm X resided there, as well as to link the property to an academic institution for graduate student housing. Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston City Council Member Charles Yancy, the Collins Family, as well as Kimvy Mguyen's second grade class from the  nearby Higginson-Lewis K-8 School were all in attendance at the announcement. Craig Bailey, of Perspective Photo, photographed the event, and a selection of his images are included here. See the rest of the photos of the event here.

Members of the second grade class at the Higginson-Lewis K-8 School in Roxbury
Rodnell Collins, son of Ella Little-Collins
and nephew of Malcolm X

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