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Named after a town in Scotland, Roslindale has been shaped by waves of immigrants from the very beginning. The neighborhood fell on difficult times in the 1960s, but an influx of Greek immigrants in the mid-1970s stabilized the area. This began a new era of immigration and socioeconomic change. Today, it is considered home to a population diverse in race, culture, and socioeconomic position. About 11 percent of Roslindale residents are not U.S. citizens, 15 percent are citizens by naturalization, and 71 percent are native-born US citizens. Within the past 20 years, the percentage of people of color living in the neighborhood has jumped from 9 percent to 44 percent.
Several prominent immigrants are represented in the Roslindale mural: Louis and Beatrice White, and Alex Castillo. The Whites immigrated to the US in the early 1900s. Castillo came from the Dominican Republic in 1996. The mural is located on the wall of Atlas Liquors in Roslindale.
Russian immigrants Louis and Beatrice White (formerly Weitzman) arrived at Ellis Island around the turn of the century. The couple opened White's Super Market in Roslindale in 1933. Always forward-thinking, they bought a liquor license after Prohibition and the supermarket soon became a full liquor store. Eventually, it became the first discounted liquor store in Massachusetts: and one of the first to use female clerks. Today the family business is called Atlas Wine & Liquors, with additional outlets in Medford and Quincy. The White's grandchildren, Jeff and Peter Fine and Natalie Fernsebner, run the business. Jeff, Peter and Natalie are proud of their family’s immigrant story and to be a part of "To Immigrants With Love."
Business owner Alex Castillo left the Dominican Republic as a child in 1996 with big dreams. He wanted to receive an education and have a better life. He moved to Boston in 2004 and Fujitsu, the fifth largest IT service provider in the world, employed him right out of school. Today, Castillo works two jobs. He's still with Fujitsu, but he also runs Roslindale business Digitech Electronic Solutions. Located at 616 Hyde Park Avenue, it has served the Roslindale community for 12 years. Castillo is proud to be an immigrant, a United States citizen, a Bostonian, a business owner, and a subject of #ToImmigrantsWithLove.
Another mural celebrating diversity can be found in Roslindale at 288 Hyde Park Avenue. Created by the Mayor's Mural Crew in 2000, this dense, colorful piece is composed of words in a variety of languages that the crew found to be particularly expressive. The resulting image is reminiscent of calligraphy, where the focus shifts to the design of the words rather than their literal meaning. Gregg Bernstein, the Mural Crew staff member who designed the work, found inspiration from his background in printmaking.
Cover photo by Amy Van Der Hiel via Flickr