Alison Barnet came to the South End in 1964 as a transfer student to Boston University. As there were no rooms in the BU dorms, she came to live at the Franklin Square House on East Newton Street. She had no idea where she was, but, walking back and forth to BU every day, she quickly grew to appreciate the South End. “I liked it when people spoke to me, and I found what they said witty, offbeat, profound, poetic, right on target, and never boring.” In 1980, she was the founding editor of the South End News. As a reporter for Neighborhood Network NewsRead More →

Rosalyn Delores Elder is a registered architect, entrepreneur, author, and artist. She received her B.A. Degree in Art History from the University of Memphis, her M. Arch. Degree from the University of Washington, and her M. Arch. in Urban Design Degree from Harvard University. Ms. Elder founded and operated Treasured Legacy, an African American cultural boutique at Copley Place from 1992 to 1998. From 1998 until 2012, she cofounded and operated Jamaicaway Books, a multi-cultural bookstore. Ms. Elder recently authored Exploring the Legacy, a book on the contributions of African Americans to both our state’s history and our country’s history. Discover more about Rosalyn andRead More →