Monday, March 28, 2016

Boston to Launch Archaeological Dig at Home of Malcolm X
Malcolm Little moved to Roxbury as teen in 1941

7:28 AM EDT Mar 28, 2016

BOSTON —Archaeological digs in Boston often hunt for clues to the city's colonial or Native American past.

On Tuesday the city will launch a probe into a more recent patch of history at the former home of civil rights leader Malcolm X in the city's Roxbury neighborhood.

Born Malcolm Little, he moved into the house at 72 Dale St. in 1941 as a teenager.

His time in Boston was difficult, but transformative.

He was sent to the state prison in Charlestown in 1946 on a burglary charge. It was there he was introduced to the teachers of the Nation of Islam.

The City Archaeology Lab will sift through the yard during the two-week dig with the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, members of the activist's family and local residents.

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