picture above, Georgette Watson holds up a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Boston. Georgette saw the increasing drug violence in Roxbury at the
time, and she knew that residents were afraid of going to the police, because
of drug dealer retaliation.
helped create Drop-A-Dime, a 24-hour anonymous tip line in 1983 to combat these
issues. It allowed people to give detailed information about people, vehicles,
locations, and events, and it would then be forwarded to the police within 24
hours. Only three years later, the tip line was getting about five hundred tips
a month from all over the state and had forwarded 11,000 tips to the FBI, the
US Attorney, the Boston police, and housing/school officials.
Activist Georgette Watson (center) holding proclamation, circa 1984-1987, Mayor Raymond L. Flynn records, Collection #0246.001, Boston City Archives, Boston
Blog post by Monica Haberny, City Archives Outreach Intern