Once a farming town on the outskirts of Boston, Roxbury began its transformation from agricultural to industrial, to residential uses in the early nineteenth century. Today Roxbury is home to a diverse community which includes African American, Hispanic, and Asian families, along with young professionals.

A dynamic business district thrives on Blue Hill Avenue with several parks and the William J. Devine public golf course offering recreation activities to the community.  Roxbury celebrates community culture through visual and performance arts at the Roxbury Center and the Museum of the National Center for African-American Artists