Long Road to Justice invites the viewer to reflect on the continual renegotiation of the social contract in Massachusetts since the first African American slaves arrived in 1638. It honors the struggles, sacrifices and successes of specific African Americans who have participated in the judicial process as history-making litigants, lawyers and judges, and details how their experiences transformed the court system and the very nature of justice in Massachusetts.
For more than three hundred years, African Americans have sought racial justice in the Massachusetts courts. In examining this history, we see that victories have been won only through perseverance, courage and the willingness—often with blacks and whites joining forces—to take substantial risks. For African Americans in Massachusetts, the road to justice has been marked by great success and tragic disappointment.
Long Road to Justice began as a traveling exhibition to courthouses in Massachusetts at the turn of the twenty-first century. It has been expanded and revised and was permanently installed in the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in 2018. Individuals and groups are welcome to visit the exhibit during courthouse hours.
Open Monday - Friday
8:30 am-4:30 pm