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<p>Retired Boston University Professor and author Adelaide Cromwell has led efforts to commemorate the lives of prominent black Bostonians</p>

Retired Boston University Professor and author Adelaide Cromwell has led efforts to commemorate the lives of prominent black Bostonians

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Heritage Guild honors 19th century luminaries

When Adelaide Cromwell arrived in Boston in the 1940s, the history of the city’s African American community was all but forgotten, with the stories of prominent 19th century blacks gathering dust in out-of-print books and century-old newspapers.