Black History
in Dedham

The history of Black people and culture in Dedham starts with slavery through to today. This section is under construction. In the meantime, please see “Dedham Stories” below. 

History of Mother Brook

The oldest man-made canal in America

Mother Brook Brochure

[Left] Click here to read a brochure on the history of Mother Brook. The brochure was created as part of the 375th anniversary of the building of Mother Brook in 1639-1641.

Mother Brook Historic Walking Trail

[Right] Take a walk along the historic Mother Brook, stopping to read the historic markers along the way. 

History Tidbits

Dedham Stories

Histories of the people of Dedham, past and present

People of all ages are affected by COVID-19. DHS history teacher Michael Medeiros asked students to submit journals of their experiences during the end of their 2019-2020 academic year. A selection of those stories is shared here. Thank you to Mr. Medeiros and to the students who gave permission to share their history.
Photo by Dan Libon.

The story of Lillian Wood (1893-1946)
“A Life Overshadowed by Disease.”

Every stage of Lillian’s life was overshadowed by disease, yet throughout, Lillian rallied. Her legacy to her descendants is that she tenaciously rewove her heartache into her life’s fabric, a fabric that was textured with hope and love.
Thank you to Sally Seurfert Holmes for sharing Lillian’s story.

Members of four multi-racial Dedham families share their experiences on an episode of “I am Dedham,” a program about Dedham residents. A central message is: 
“I hear you.”
Thank you to Dedham TV and to Joseph Borsellino of the Dedham Human Rights Commission.

One Dedham familie’s story of life during the 1918 influenza pandemic, with comparisons and contrasts to the COVID-19 pandemic of today.

One Man’s Experience of how an individual can contribute to history.

Historic Building Date Markers

Help promote awareness of historic preservation and learn more about your home. Click here for a form and to read about the  program.