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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Spotlight on the African Meeting House

Spoken Word with Regie Gibson

Fri. | July 28, 2017 | 6:00pm

BOS | African Meeting House


Join us as we celebrate this National Historic Landmark, built in 1806 by Boston’s black community as a religious, educational and social gathering place. 


The history and significance of the African Meeting House presented by National Park Ranger Sentidra Joseph


Spoken Word performance by Regie Gibson, literary performer and educator.


Tickets: $10 Non-MAAH Members/$5 MAAH Members


Reception begins at 6:00pm

Performance beginat at 7:00pm


Museum of African American History: 46 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02114


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



Annual Spriggs Lecture on Nantucket

Featuring Manisha Sinha

Sat. | August 5, 2017 | 3:00pm

NAN | African Meeting House



Based on the new book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, this talk is a wide-ranging reconsideration of abolition as a radical social movement and challenges much of the received historical wisdom and the dominant scholarly picture of abolitionists as bourgeois reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. It explores the impact of the Haitian Revolution, the European Revolutions of the 1830s and 1848, British Chartism, Irish Repeal, and the international peace movement on the politics and ideology of abolition. It interrogates how radical social movements like abolition provide political and ideological space for the disfranchised and become engines of political change.


Manisha Sinha is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), and The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016). Among her many awards are the Chancellor's Medal, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she taught for over twenty years. In 2016, she was named one of the top twenty-five women in higher education by the journal Diverse: Issue in Higher Education. She has received numerous fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Institute of the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


This program is supported by Mass Humanities, whose grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities


This event is free and open to the public

Registration Requested




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