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.



Image: The Museum of African American History Receives $4 Million in Federal Stimulus Funds to Restore the African Meeting House.

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African Meeting House, Boston

The African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill, both built in the early 1800's, are two of the Museum of African American History's most valuable assets. Located in what once was the heart of Boston's 19th-century African American community, these buildings remain a showcase of black community organization and enduring testimony to black craftsmanship.

The first phase of historic restoration work was completed on the African Meeting House in 1987. Once a church, a school, a vital community meeting place, the African Meeting House is open to the public.

Renovations on the Abiel Smith School transformed the building into a first-class exhibit space with a gallery, classroom and museum store.

This historic space commemorates the history of African-Americans from slavery to the abolitionist movement, with a focus on the quest for educational equality.

For more information see: History of the African Meeting House, on the Black Heritage Trail.

To find out about renting this historic space for events,
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The African Meeting House
A Boston Landmark
46 Joy Street

Image: Three Historical Photos of the African Meeting House, Boston, MA