BOSTON — Archaeological digs in Boston often hunt for clues to the city’s colonial or Native American past.
On Tuesday the city will launch a probe into a more recent patch of history at the former home of civil rights leader Malcolm X in Roxbury.
Born Malcolm Little, he moved into the house at 72 Dale St. in 1941 as a teenager.
His time in Boston was difficult, but transformative.
He was sent to the state prison in Charlestown in 1946 on a burglary charge. It was there he was introduced to the teachers of the Nation of Islam.
The City Archaeology Lab will sift through the yard during the two-week dig with the Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, members of the activist’s family, and local residents.