Long Road to Justice seeks to educate the viewer about the struggles, sacrifices and successes of African Americans in seeking justice in Massachusetts since the arrival of the first slaves in 1638. This stunning history summons us to embrace the unrelenting quest for a legal system that includes and respects all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Exhibit Credits
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse

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The Exhibit

Now installed at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse

Long Road to Justice began as a traveling exhibition to courthouses in Massachusetts at the turn of the twenty-first century. It has been expanded and revised and was permanently installed in the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in 2018. Individuals and groups are welcome to visit the exhibit during courthouse hours.

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Teacher's Guide

Engaged, joyous student among her peers

Resources for before, during and after your visit

The Teacher’s Guide to the Long Road to Justice exhibit supports teaching in grades 6 through 12 about democracy, civic action, and the struggle for racial equality in the United States and Massachusetts, highlighting the national significance of our commonwealth’s own historical legacy.

Teacher's Guide Primary Source LogoCreated by Primary Source, a Boston-area nonprofit that works to advance multicultural and global education in schools.