The Native American Mattahunt Tribe once inhabited Mattapan in the early 1600's. Since then, a diverse population of Irish, Jewish, and Haitian immigrants has settled here in large numbers. Today Mattapan's population is largely made up of African Americans and immigrants from the Caribbean. A 21,000 square-foot Boston Public Branch Library is being planned adjacent to the Mildred Avenue Middle School and Community Center, making it a resource for the entire community. The Mattapan Economic Development Initiative, a collaboration of city agencies, residents, non-profits, and businesses, was recently established to encourage investment, create jobs, and promote business development in the area.

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    Mattapan Branch Wins Design Award

    The Boston Public Library's Mattapan Branch, designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, received one of five 2011 AIA / ALA Library Building Awards. Embracing the city’s commitment to green building, the library focuses sustainable design strategies on energy performance, water conservation, sustainable site design and materials, and indoor air quality.
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  • Food for Thought Scoops and Hoops Day 2016
    Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker and other elected officials, meet with members of the Mattapan community at Walkers Park, to promote non-violence at the Annual Food for Thought Scoops and Hoops Family Day.Watch Video »
  • Le Foyer Bakery 40th Anniversary Celebration
    Mayor Walsh offers remarks at the 40th anniversary celebration of Le Foyer Bakery in Mattapan. The Haitian bakery, owned by Mrs. Edna Etienne, has been churning out hard dough bread, flaky pâté and other Caribbean delights for four decades.Watch Video »