William Monroe Trotter House

William Monroe Trotter House

Harvard-educated newspaper editor William Monroe Trotter, who lived in this house for most of his career, spoke out against the racism of the early 20th century.

He is well-remembered, too, for publicly and vehemently denouncing educator Booker T. Washington, who believed African Americans should find ways to "get along" with their white oppressors.

In 1901, Trotter helped organize the "Boston Literary and Historical Association"--a forum for militant political thinkers like W.E.B. Du Bois and Oswald Garrison Villard. The same year, he launched a weekly newspaper on race relations, The Guardian, which was an overnight success.

The William Monroe Trotter House, a National Historic Landmark, is located at 97 Sawyer Avenue in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

The Trotter House is not open to the public.