Nubian Square, formerly known as Dudley Square, is the primary commercial center of the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. For much of the 20th century, the square was an active hub for streetcar lines and now serves as an MBTA bus station for connections to the rapid transit Silver Line. Today the area is the hub of African American culture in Boston although the square was once home to thriving Jewish and German cultures at various times in its history. The name “Nubian” refers to one of the earliest civilizations of ancient Africa and was changed to honor a recently closed family store which had a longtime presence in the square as well as the ancient pyramid-building Nubian society.
Nubian Square is located at the intersection of Dudley Street and Washington Street with the Fort Hill neighborhood to the west and the Frederick Douglas Square Historic District to the northeast.