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.





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African Meeting House
Interior Elevation


African Meeting House


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The 5,400 square-foot Meeting House, built and opened in 1806, is the oldest extant African American church building in the nation constructed primarily by free black artisans. Over more than two hundred years, the African Meeting House has served the diverse communities in the neighborhood, as a church, school, and vital meeting place for Boston’s African American community in the 1800s, and a synagogue for the Jewish community during the twentieth century. Acquired by the Museum in 1972, it is the crown jewel in the Museum’s collection of historic sites.

The Museum is indebted to Governor Patrick and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar who worked together to secure an award of $4 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the National Park Service. With these funds, almost 175 jobs will have been created during this historic restoration. The Museum also received major grants from the 1772 Foundation, American Express, Bank of America, EMC, Liberty Mutual, National Grid, State Street Bank, Walmart, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Mabel Louise Riley and Webster Foundations, as well as Mayor Menino’s Office and the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. This support provided the foundation and the momentum to secure ARRA funding for the restoration.

African Meeting House Videos, Photos


September 28, 2011


Past regained for African Meeting House.





September 19, 2011


Image:  Beverly Morgan Welch & Governor Deval Patrick


Governor Deval Patrick visits
the African Meeting House.

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August 3, 2011

Boston's African Meeting House Gets a Facelift.

Museum of African American History Executive Director, Beverly Morgan-Welch featured on Emily Rooney's Greater Boston.




August 3, 2011

Web Extra!


Inside Boston's African Meeting House.



A 1.6 mile walking tour encompassing the largest collection of historic sites in the country relating to the life of a free African American community prior to the Civil War. Guided tours available year around by appointment (617) 742-5415 and at 10, noon, and 2 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. More.


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