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.












Events @ MAAH






Boston (BOS) | Nantucket (NAN)



Boston African American National Historic Site Rangers will be offering public tours of the Black Heritage Trail Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Tours begin at the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial across the street from the State House








Jazz Before Sunset

Sat. | May-October | 5:00pm

NAN | African Meeting House


The Museum reignites the MAAH Music concert series for the upcoming season, once again featuring live performances in the historic African Meeting House that continue the tradition of showcasing musical talent from around the region.


Hosted by Kathy and Neville Richen, Jazz Before Sunset returns with four popular musicians -- Neil Goss (paino/bass), ECliff Graves (drums), Aiden Sherry (guitar) and Jason Sullivan (guitar) taking the stage. Please join us and bring friends and family to enjoy a delightful evening with this spirited jazz quartet. The series continues on the last Saturday of every month through October.


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Black Orators: By Word and By Pen

Thurs. | September 28  | 6:00pm

BOS | African Meeting House


Join us for an evening of history, poetry and music.  

The program is a poetic and musical dedication to the unwavering persistence shared in three literary giants:  Maria Stewart (1803-1879), David Walker (c.1797-1830) and Samuel Allen (1917-2015).

Maria Stewart was the first woman to speak to a mixed-gender audience in public to address political topics. David Walker wrote and published An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World.  As orators and publishers, both contributed to the African American literary canon. Maria Stewart and David Walker were good friends and neighbors on Joy Street.  After David died, Maria often quoted him and his efforts to unite black people. 


Samuel Allen, whose pen name was Paul Vesey, began his literary career in Europe where he was a contemporary of Richard Wright and James Baldwin.  First recognized in Europe in the late 1940s and early 1950s, his reputation spread to the U.S. in the 1960s.  His poetry books include Ivory Tusks and Other Poems and Paul Vesey’s Ledger.  Allen served on the Board of the Museum of African American History for over ten years.


L’Merchie Frazier, Director of Education, Museum of African American History will provide historical context.  Castle of Our Skins musicians will perform the work of black composers including String Quartets by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Spoken word artist, Regie Gibson, will recite original poetry and select readings from the pens of Stewart, Walker and Allen. 



6:00 pm     Maria Stewart and David Walker

History Talk by L'Merchie Frazier, Director of Education & Interpretation, Museum of African American History

81 Joy Street, Beacon Hill

6:15 pm     Reception

African Meeting House, 46 Joy Street

7:00 pm     The Music of Black Composers, Castle of Our Skins


                   Tribute to Black Orators, Regie Gibson 

African Meeting House, 46 Joy Street


This program is made possible with support from the National Parks of Boston "Art on the Trails to Freedom" initiative, the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.





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