William Monroe Trotter House

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 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.

A graduate of Harvard College, Trotter helped organize the "Boston Literary and Historical Association" in 1901, a forum for militant political thinkers like W. E. B. Du Bois and Oswald Garrison Villard. The same year, he founded The 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.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

The house is private and is not open to the public.

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