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A Day in Roxbury

Located right off of Northeastern’s campus is Roxbury, a neighborhood that’s often overlooked. Take a day to explore the rich cultural backgrounds that are rooted in this area and learn more about the history that makes this place what it is today. Here’s a day trip itinerary that has the best of arts, music and good food!

Mural Hunting

Sure, Northeastern has its fair share of public art, but step foot outside our campus and you’ll discover colorful streets filled with art portraying the community’s resilience during the Civil Rights Movement and celebration of black culture. Take a stroll around the neighborhood (Tremont and Washington street are good places to start) and see how many murals you can find! Here are two of our favorites:

roxbury mural 1“Faces of Dudley” portrays Malcolm X and other figures that made an impact on the Roxbury community. Located at 2385 Washington St., Boston.

roxbury mural 2“Roxbury Love” pays homage to Nelson Mandela, who visited in 1990. It’s located by Warren Street and Clifford Street.

Skippy White’s

Skippy White’s CDs and Records is a must-stop for all the funkiest music, from soul music to R&B. White has been in the business since 1961 advocating for the Roxbury community. The storefront is located on 1971 Columbus Avenue, right between Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.

skipp whites

Food with a Purpose

dudley dough

Haley House is a nonprofit that helps local residents move towards economic independence. They have two restaurants, Haley House Bakery Cafe and Dudley Dough, that give local residents living wages and profit-sharing options. Stop by the bakery for a one-of-a-kind brunch for their signature “Haley House Slop” or their large variety of jerk chicken breakfast items. Dudley Dough is a great lunch or dinner place for made-to-order pizzas, salads and soups.