William Monroe Trotter House

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William Monroe Trotter House
William Monroe Trotter House in 2012
William Monroe Trotter House is located in Massachusetts
William Monroe Trotter House
Location 97 Sawyer Ave., Dorchester, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°18′47″N 71°3′46″W / 42.31306°N 71.06278°W / 42.31306; -71.06278Coordinates: 42°18′47″N 71°3′46″W / 42.31306°N 71.06278°W / 42.31306; -71.06278
Built c. 1890s
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76002003
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 11, 1976[1]
Designated NHL May 11, 1976[2]

The William Monroe Trotter House, is located at 97 Sawyer Avenue atop Jones Hill in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. It was the home of African-American journalist and civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter. He and his wife Geraldine Louise Pindell moved into the two-story wood frame home when they were married in June, 1899. Trotter wrote that he could see "from the sitting room window all over the country as far as Blue Hill and from my bed-room window over all the bay down to ... Deer Island."[3]

A graduate of Harvard College, Trotter helped organize the "Boston Literary and Historical Association" in 1901, a forum for militant political thinkers, including W. E. B. Du Bois and Oswald Garrison Villard. The same year, he founded the Boston Guardian, a weekly newspaper in which he regularly criticized educator Booker T. Washington for his accommodationist policies. He was also a founder, along with Du Bois, of the Niagara Movement in 1905——a precursor of the NAACP.

The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.[2][4] It is not open to the public.[5]



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "William Monroe Trotter House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ Wolters, Du Bois and His Rivals, p. 61
  4. ^ Lynn Gomez Graves and John E. Fleming (February 3, 1976). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: William Monroe Trotter House PDF (32 KB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 3 photos, exterior, from 1975 PDF (32 KB)
  5. ^ "We Shall Overcome: William Monroe Trotter House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-12-26.