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The Nation of Islam in Boston

In 1952 the first mosque was established in Boston, known as Muhammad's Mosque No. 11. The first twenty years after the establishment of Mosque #11 marked a great period of growth and prosperity fueled by the brothers and sisters following the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's economic blueprint. Grocery stores, insurance agencies, bakeries, cleaning establishments, ice cream shops, oil delivery trucks, restaurants, painting companies, catering companies, and Whiting Fish sales, were among the many Black-owned businesses in our Grove Hall. A private school, Muhammad's University of Islam, was also established as an alternative to the then public school system. The past twenty years have been marked by attention to quality of life issues for people in our community. The impact of the Nation of Islam in general, and of Muhammad's Mosque#11 in particular, has made the history of our local mosque especially relevant.