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.







Living Legends Awards Gala

December 4, 2016

MAAH pays tribute to Lonnie Bunch, a central figure and visionary in establishing the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, and Wayne Budd, one of Massachusetts’ most accomplished sons, a highly regarded legal and business leader and a man with deep community commitments. At the close of our museum’s 49th year, we also celebrate the heart of our collections — the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill — which Harvard University Professor, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has called the most important African American National Historic Landmark in the United States — at the Living Legends gala this year, as well as to the opening of the new national museum in Washington, DC.

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Interim Director Accepts

Permanent Position at MAAH

Marita Rivero

Takes the Helm

Former WGBH Vice President and General Manager for Radio and Television accepts position as permanent Executive Director of Museum and iconic National Historic Landmarks. Rivero succeeds Beverly Morgan-Welch, who served as the Museum’s Executive Director with great distinction for 16 years. 12/15


MAAH Announces Leadership Change; Director Accepts New Smithsonian Post

Beverly Morgan-Welch Heads to Washintgon

Long-time Executive Director, Beverly Morgan-Welch, is leaving the Museum to assume a senior-level position at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC. Former WGBH Vice President and former MAAH Board Chair Marita Rivero will become Interim Executive Director. 9/15


MAAH Among 262 Cultural Groups Benefitting from $30M Arts Awards

Grant: Bloomberg Philanthropies

The Bloomberg Philanthropies released the list of arts organizations receiving grants from its Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, devoted to awarding money to small and midsize nonprofits in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Among the 262 awardees is Boston’s Museum of African American History. 9/15


New National Park Service Superintendant Named

Michael Creasey

Takes the Helm

Boston welcomes Supt. Creasey to the city's national park collaborative: Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, and Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. We thank Cassius Cash for his outstanding service and wish him much success at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 4/15


African Meeting House Restoration

Museum of African American History's
African Meeting House Historic Restoration, Rededication Ceremony, and 205th Anniversary Celebration.


Beginning January 31, 2013

Freedom Rising Exhibit, Lectures,
Concerts and More

The Museum of African American History commemorates the 150th anniversary of
the Emancipation Proclamation and first
black troops from the north in the Civil War.



Freedom Rising: A New Year's Story:

The Museum of African American History and the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus commemorate Emancipation with a First Night 150th Anniversary Concert in the African Meeting House. 



Blazing the Other Freedom Trail
Cassius Cash, Superintendent of the National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park and Boston African American National Historic Site.
(Boston Globe)


The Color of Baseball in Boston:
The History of Black Teams, the Players

and a Sporting Community
New exhibit
opens during 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, Boston.


MAAH African Meeting House
Press Kit update


African Meeting House (AMH)

Press Kit



Museum of African American History's
African Meeting House Rededication
and 205th Anniversary Celebration

December 6 - 10, 2011


Museum of African American History
Receives $4 Million in Federal Stimulus Funds to Restore Historic African Meeting House.

MAAH Receives Grant to Restore
African Meeting House
(Boston Globe)


Media personality Carole Simpson
Named MAAH Journalist in Residence

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MSNBC calls the African Meeting House on Boston’s Beacon Hill a bright light for its beauty and history. The National Historic Landmark was featured as part of’s Road Trip series, for which the network's reporters travel across country to profile movements that sparked change in America.




Monumental Mysteries

The Travel Channel's Monumental Mysteries program shares one of the amazing stories of escape from slavery that involves Boston's Hayden House, one of the highlights of our Black Heritage Trail® walking tours on Beacon Hill.



See what the MLK Scholars have been up to. One of our stellar high school interns was featured in a John Hancock series of ads in the Boston Globe.





Design New England features African Meeting House restoration.



Urban Update, WHDH/Channel 7