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Area to be known as the South Cove/Chinatown neighborhood
consists of tidal flats.
Wheatley is brought to America at the age of eight.
She begins writing poetry at the age of 13 and publishes
Poems on Various Subjects: Religious and Moral
(1773) in England. She is bought by the Wheatley family
at the dock on what is now Beach Street in Chinatown.
Landfill project begins along Fort Point Channel from
Washington Street to Harrison Ave.
Second landfill project fills from Harrison Ave. east
to Albany Street.
Home of middle income White Americans.
Irish settle in South Cove in great numbers. The center
of their community is St. James Church on Albany Street
(later moved to Harrison Ave).
Boston architect, Gridley J. F. Bryant, who later
designed Old City Hall, designs The Quincy School.
The Quincy School, named after Mayor Josiah Quincy,
is the first graded middle school in the country.
Area becomes home to the leather and garment industries.
Middle class Yankees move out in the 1860s-1890s,
Irish, then Jews and Arabs, primarily Christian Syrians,
The first Chinese move into Oliver Place (Ping On
Alley) among resident Syrians. Chinese work for the
New England Telephone Company on 50 Pearl Street and
live on Beach Street, Oxford Place, and Harrison Ave.
Approximately 200 Chinese are in Chinatown. The Chinese
Monthly News begins publication.
Syrians primarily in Oliver Place, Chinese Harrison
Ave, Jews and Irish south of Kneeland Street, Blacks
in Oak Street near the railroad.
Construction of Boston Elevated Railroad pushes Chinese
south to Tyler and Hudson Streets.
White immigrants groups move out, Chinese move in.
Jewish businessmen establish multi-story garment shops
along Kneeland Street. Prior to WWII, the employees
were mostly Irish and Italian women. After the war,
Chinese women dominate.
Chinese inhabit roughly the area of today's Chinatown.
The interior blocks of Harrison Ave and Tyler Street
are cleared to create parking.
Chinatown expands south of Kneeland Street displacing
the former Irish, Syrian, and Jewish populations.
Chinese Merchants Association Building is constructed
at Hudson and Kneeland Streets.
After the Mass Pike Extension is constructed, many
Chinese are displaced and begin moving either to the
South End or into the suburbs of Allston-Brighton,
Central Artery cuts through Albany Street.
Chinatown Little City Hall founded. There are now
1,900 in Chinatown.
The first bank to be owned and operated by Asian Americans
in Boston, The Asian American Bank, opens on Kneeland