Nell, William C., House

3 Smith Ct., Boston, Massachusetts

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William C. Nell House

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Description 

William Cooper Nell (1816-1874) was an ardent abolitionist and activist for civil rights for blacks. He campaigned vigorously and successfully for desegregation of the Boston school system, was the first black to be appointed to a Federal job, and wrote and published the first history of black Americans written by a black. Nell resided here from 1851-1856. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS MA-1088)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 1976
Reference number
76001979
Architectural style
Federal
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Literature; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant years
1851; 1856

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