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.




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Did you see the African Meeting House on the MassPike?


On Wednesday, February 29, from 6:30am to 8pm, the Museum of African American History’s beautifully restored African Meeting House was featured on WGBH's digital mural, a new billboard designed to brighten the ride for commuters with an image a day that provokes thought, inspires curiosity and reflects the content and values of public media.

Embedded in the exterior wall of WGBH's studios, the eco-friendly, light-emitting diode (LED) screen stretches 30 feet by 45 feet and is visible to drivers on the eastbound Mass Pike and passersby in the public broadcaster’s Brighton neighborhood. Powered in part by solar panels atop the WGBH roof, the mural exemplifies the station’s goal of engaging the communities it serves and its partners by placing the historic restoration of the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill in the spotlight for a day.

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Walk the Black Heritage Trail®
With an Audio Tour


The Black Heritage Trail® Audio tour, a real-time walking guide created by high school students, is available on your favorite MP3 player: iPod, iPhone, zune, and most mobile devices. The students created a marvelous tour for children, which is also great for adults, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Museum of African American History. The audio tour is now available for purchase through CDBaby for the affordable price of 99 cents. Audio tours are the latest innovative approach to budget travel, with no seasonal or time restrictions.

People from around the world can experience historic Beacon Hill and learn about Boston’s thriving free black community that led the nation’s educational and antislavery movements during the 1800s. Now everyone can take MAAH’s audio tour of the Black Heritage Trail®. Click here and get started today.

Free walking tours are also available with National Park Service Rangers, Boston African American National Historic Site beginning at the Robert Gould Shaw Monument. Like the guided tour, you will hear remarkable stories of heroic men, women and children who were leaders of the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early development of public education in America.

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Three Public Radio Stations Invite Listeners to Visit MAAH

The Museum of African American History was selected by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to be included in a public radio sponsorship program to build awareness of the nonprofit arts and cultural sector, and their contributions to our quality of life in Massachusetts.

The MCC is partnering with WBUR, WGBH, and WICN to create a series of 20- to 30-second radio spots airing through April 2012 on each station. Tune in to these stations and let us know when you hear the invitation to visit MAAH Boston and Nantucket’s National Historic Landmarks, take Black Heritage Trail® tours, and hear stories of patriots who rallied for freedom from the American Revolution through the Civil War.

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Relive MAAH Moments on the
WGBH Forum Network

From the African Meeting House Rededication Ceremony with Sweet Honey in the Rock to the Touré Book Party, select programs of the Museum of African American History have been captured by and presented on the WGBH Forum Network for all to enjoy.

The Forum Network is a public media service of WGBH. MAAH programs are featured in their online library, which contains thousands of video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers, and community leaders, available to the public for free. From science to the humanities, from local to global topics, The Forum Network is committed to providing outstanding educational content for lifelong learners, and to encouraging deeper understanding and civic engagement around the vital issues of our time.

To access the Museum’s 37 lectures recorded, to date, on the Forum Network Website, visit the MAAH on WGBH and scroll through the archive of wonderful MAAH moments.

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