The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.



2006 MAAH Past Events

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Wed., March 15
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Museum of Afro-American History: The Annual Meeting

Marbles and Medicine Bottles: Archaeology and the African American Community

Archaeologist Dr. Cheryl LaRoche and MAAH's Director of Education L'Merchie Frazier bring to life the power of Beacon Hill's 19th Century Black community. By using some key artifacts excavated from an archaeological dig behind the African Meeting House last summer, they will present on what historical artifacts like medicine bottles tell us about 19th century African American health concerns and unearthed marbles which can tell of the community's education and learning components. Understanding these artifacts impact the way we think about African American History.


April 12 -  6:00  PM
May 10 -  6:00 PM
June 7 -    6:00 PM

Lowell Lecture Series

The Boston Public Library and the Museum of Afro-American History cordially invite you to attend the WORDS OF THUNDER Lowell Lecture Series to honor the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), Boston Abolitionist and Editor of The Liberator.

The lecture series is designed to expand the public's knowledge of Garrison's lifetime commitment to end slavery and to the collaborative efforts between black and white abolitionists.

All lectures are free and held at the Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street

Upcoming Lectures:

April 12, 2006 - 6:00 PM
Clarence Page on Journalism Today
Media play a vital role in covering history and also in defining it. in today's era of Internet bloggers and 24-hour cable television news, the nature of media coverage has changed.

May 10, 2006 -  6:00 PM
Tracy Kidder - "Tout Moun Se Moun"

n his book Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder chronicles the work of Dr. Paul Farmer, a renowned infectious-disease specialist whose life's calling is to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most.

June 7, 2006 - 6:00 PM
Walter Mosley - Race In America: Does it Still Matter?

The best selling author comes to Boston talking race relations in America. What more in the world can be done to fight injustice, poverty, human exploitation and racism? how can the African-American perspective contribute to political, economic and social progress in America?


April 18, - June 3, 2006


Soul Cinema: Black Films and Black Stars

May 11 - 7:00 PM
Oscar Micheaux Movie Night
Bring a friend to this screening of Oscar Micheaux's Exile. The first African American feature length film with sound.

May 25 - 7:00 PM
Dorothy Dandridge Movie Night
Don't miss this showing of Dorothy Dandridge's Oscar nominated performance in the movie
Carmen Jones.

Popcorn and other refreshments available.

Bring a Friend!

Museum Galleries located at 46 Joy Street

July 19, 2006
7:00 PM


Slavery and Public History
The Tough Stuff of American Memory

A Talk by Dr. James O. Horton and Dr. Lois E. Horton

In their newest book the Horton's take on contemporary reactions to the fundamental contradiction of American history-the existence of slavery in a country dedicated to freedom-and offer a bracing analysis of how people remember their past and how the lessons they draw from it influence American politics and culture.

Museum Galleries located at 46 Joy Street

Monday - Friday Hourly
19th Century Black Beacon Hill -
Historic Gallery Talks
Between 1800 and 1900 most of the African Americans who lived in Boston resided on the North Slope of Beacon Hill. This all free Black community was concerned with the issues of the day, finding housing, educating their children, establishing independent supportive institutions, and ending slavery in the rest of the country. All of these concerns played out in this Beacon Hill neighborhood. Hear stories of courage, resistance and experience the agency of the community.

December 6
7:00 - 9:00 PM
A Gathering Place for Freedom

African Meeting House Bicentennial Celebration
A Public Event

On December 6, 2006 the Museum of African American History will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the African Meeting House with a festive evening program and a new exhibit.

Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont Street, Downtown Boston

Your Hosts
Museum of African American History
Boston Public Library
Validated Parking Available.

Free and Open to the Public


  • Dr. Lois Brown Monson – Co-Director, Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Art, Associate Professor, English, African American Studies, & American Studies
  • Dr. Denise Patmon – Chair of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Massachusetts
  • L’Merchie Frazier – Director of Education, Museum of
    Afro-American History
August 6, 2005

Words of Thunder:
The Bicentennial Celebration of William Lloyd Garrison (1805 - 1879)

August 6, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Guest Speakers:

  • Deval Patrick, Former United States Assistant Attorney for Civil Rights
  • Andrea J. Cabral, Esq., Sheriff of Suffolk County
  • Christopher Lydon, Open Source Radio
  • Lois Brown, Ph.d, Words of Thunder Co-Curator

Garrison Family Descendents

  • David Garrison, On behalf of the Family
  • Lloyd Garrison, Words by William Lloyd Garrison

Musical Tributes

  • Myran Parker Brass, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury, Studio Singers

Special Guests:
The Massachusetts 54th Regiment

Your Hosts:
Museum of Afro-American History
Marita Rivero, Chair and Beverly Morgan-Welch, Executive Director


Boston Public Library
William O. Taylor, Board of Library Trustees, and Bernard Margolis, President

Mon, Dec. 12 - 12: Noon - 6:00 PM Reading
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Special Birthday program

Words of Thunder: The Liberator

The Museum of Afro-American History invites you to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birthday of William Lloyd Garrison with a special reading of excerpts from The Liberator. Notable public figures and community leaders including journalists, teachers, politicians, students, historians and Garrison family descendents will read excerpts from The Liberator in celebration of Garrison's momentous Words of Thunder publication. Each hour we will open with a song printed in The Liberator then listen as selected excerpts are read. Following the day long event, we continue the celebration with special birthday toast given by one of Garrison's descendents as well as birthday cake.

46 Joy Street


Black History Month at the Museum

Meet the Abolitionists - A Theatrical Presentation

How did Frederick Douglass prepare to recruit the members of the 54th Regiment to fight in the Civil War? Hear the detailed conversations of Ellen and William Craft's dangerous plan to escape from slavery. What were David Walker's thoughts while writing his manifesto to the Colored Citizen's of the US? Meet these fascinating abolitionists along with William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth and Susan Paul this February as the Museum celebrates Black History Month.

Every Tuesday and Thursday one of these historical figures will be presented by an experienced actor who will share through a theatrical performance the insights of some of their greatest, conflicting and agonizing moments as they fought to end slavery.

Tuesday, February 21 @ 13:30 and 12:30
Meet David Walker (1785-1830)
Although in Boston for only five years (c. 1825 - 1830), David Walker proved to be a significant force in the freedom struggles of Black Bostonians during the early nineteenth century. In 1829 he published An Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World, a document unlike any other anti-slavery, pro-justice treatise of the antebellum period.

FREE (suggested donation $5 adults $3 Students)

Thursday February 23 @ 12:30 and 12:30
Meet Susan Paul and the Abiel Smith School Experience
The Museum's Director of Education, L'Merchie Frazier brings to life the extraordinary teaching skills of one of the Abiel Smith Schools' primary teachers in the 19th century. The audience will experience a 19th century classroom lesson.

(suggested donation $5 adults $3 Students)