Statues, plaques and memorials across the city commemorate people and events from its nearly 400 years of settlement. But who decides what is worthy of commemoration, and how does the memorial landscape of the city reinforce certain narratives of Cambridge history and exclude others?
Community engagement has appeared in many forms near Central Square – publications, radical businesses, public art, protests, politics and social services. Other parts of the city have also been sites of engagement, but Central Square is an especially interesting site of activism.
As the only teacher of color in the city, an ascent to principal and its attendant public scrutiny was more than Maria Baldwin felt capable of taking on. But she allowed herself eventually to be persuaded and moved from being one of its most beloved teachers to becoming its beloved leader.