Posted on November 7, 2019

Boston Voters Reject Renaming Dudley Square to Nubian Square

WCVB-TV, November 5, 2019

Voters in Boston rejected a non-binding ballot question that asked whether voters supposed the renaming of Dudley Square to Nubian Square in Roxbury.

Supporters argued the commercial center in the historically black neighborhood should be renamed because Roxbury resident Thomas Dudley was a leading politician when Massachusetts became the first colony to legally sanction slavery in 1641.


With just under 53,000 votes cast, just over 54 percent of voters rejected the proposal, with just under 46 percent supporting it.

Opponents counter that slavery was also part of the ancient Nubian empire, located in modern-day Egypt and Sudan.