In the early 1600s, Mattapan started as community for Native Americans known as the Mattahunt Tribe. At the dawn of 21st century, immigrants traveling in New England found Mattapan to be a "good place to sit." Irish, Jewish, and Haitian immigrants called the neighborhood home. Now, Mattapan is home to a large African American and Caribbean community.
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Traveling down Blue Hill Avenue, you’re bound to see the recently opened Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library. This library is now a staple of the community. The award-winning library was created with a focus on energy performance, water conservation, and sustainability.
The community has become an incubator for green living innovations. The Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary is a great partner and ally to Mattapan. This agency offers dynamic programming to engage residents and local organizations.
Mattapan's green spaces continue to be a jewel in the neighborhood, and organizations are using the green terrain to brighten the quality of life for all residents. Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition is a community-based agency that practices green living by providing residents with healthy eating options through weekend farmers markets, fitness campaigns, fresh eating cooking courses, and so much more!