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
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,
The African Meeting House
A Boston Landmark
46 Joy Street