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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MAAH Family Fun Day: Nantucket Tour & Vineyard BBQ for Family and Freedom

Fri. | August 18, 2017 | 3:00pm

13 Farm Path, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard


Nothing says “summer food” quite like Barbecue!—Join us at the MAAH Family Fun Day for Family and Freedom Reception at the Home of Cindy Carter, Martha's Vineyard, 13 Farm Path, Oak Bluffs.


Author Richard Taylor will be joining us at the Reception with an Author's Table for his book, "Martha’s Vineyard: Race, Property, and the Power of Place", which traces the story of the African American community on the Vineyard. Additionally, there will be a live performance and various activities for the children.


Suggested MAAH Schedule of Day’s Events:

9:05 AM–10:15 AM:   Fast Ferry: Martha's Vineyard -> Nantucket

10:45AM– 1:00 PM:        MAAH Black Heritage Tour (Nantucket)

1:30 PM–  2:40 PM:        Fast Ferry: Nantucket -> Martha's Vineyard                         

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM:        BBQ for Family and Freedom (The BFF)  Reception

Home of Cindy Carter, Martha's Vineyard, 13 Farm Path, Oak Bluffs 

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM:         MV Annual Fireworks (Oak Bluffs) FREE*

This is a ticketed event. Please purchase tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Dress Code:                   Island casual

BBQ Tickets include food and drinks during the 2-6pm hour. Van Shuttle provided 2pm-10pm to and From Vineyard Haven Grace Church, 36 Woodland Avenue AND from BBQ to MV Fireworks.


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Free Fun Fridays at the Museum of African American History

Fri. | August 25, 2017 | 10:00am-4:00pm

BOS | African Meeting House


Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays, the Museum of African American History will have FREE admission on Friday, August 25th. 

As part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Friday series, Castle of our Skins presents a program of string quartets designed to make you move, clap your hands, and unite in celebration. UMOJA, the Swahili word for unity, features works by Black composers past and present ranging from Mozart's contemporary Chevalier de St. George to NEC alumna Florence Price to Massachusetts's own funk, rock, hip hop violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. 

The performance is free, family friendly, and made possible in part 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, the Free for All Fund at The Boston Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

 Performances at 11:00am and 1:00pm 

46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, Boston




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