Offices and Classrooms:
The central offices and classrooms of the BUS program are now located in the city center area of downtown Boston. The offices and classrooms are located at Tremont Temple Baptist Church an historic church originally organized in 1839 as the first “free” church in America—meaning that all persons (including persons of color) were free to occupy pews without paying a fee. Tremont Temple, because it was also used as a public space is famous for many “firsts,” including the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Boston, the first reading by Charles Dickens of “A Christmas Carol,” as well as speeches by nearly every president since Abraham Lincoln. The location of the church is on the “Freedom Trail”, and just blocks away from the Massachusetts State House, the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, Government Center, and numerous other venues that mark Boston’s long history.
Other historic local churches also host GIB activities, including: Park Street Church, First Baptist Church of Boston, and Historic Second Church in Dorchester.
The city of Boston is the fourth oldest (1630) and best known of the Puritan cities of the 17th century’s “great migration.” The capital of Massachusetts, it was once described as the “Athens of America” and has earned its nickname as “the Hub.” In addition to its rich American history spanning nearly four centuries, over 250,000 students annually call Boston home. Ninty-four (94) colleges and universities are located in Massachusetts—many of them in Boston--including the nation’s oldest (Harvard) and some of the youngest (Northeastern).