African Meeting House, Boston

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8 Smith Court, Boston, MA 02114 617-723-8863

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  • Across the street from the museum
    Across the street from the museum
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  • On wall along the trail
    On wall along the trail
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  • Entrance of the museum
    Entrance of the museum
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    Museum of African American History

    by risse73 Updated May 10, 2009

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    This museum is on the Black Heritage Trail along Joy Street. The museum has limited hours: it opens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It looks interesting from the outside and I wish I could go inside, but it seems to be closed whenever I'm in this area.

    I've been around here several times--the last was last summer close to sunset where I lingered around for a bit. I took several shots of the outside edifice and went home that night to discover odd-looking figures/faces that looked like they were screaming at someone from the outside through the glass windows of the museum. That was a really eerie scene that gave me goosebumps. I was advised to delete these shots because it appeared to capture unhappy souls trapped in time. No need to be scared, I am not trying to imply that the museum is haunted by ghosts, but it's possible that I was just unlucky to capture them at a wrong time. :(

    Entrance of the museum Across the street from the museum On wall along the trail
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    Museum of Afro-American History

    by Hopkid Written Sep 9, 2006

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    Housed in what was the first schoolhouse built to educate African-American children (in 1834 as the Abiel Smith School), the Museum of Afro-American History focuses on preserving the history of African Americans from the time the arrived on the shores of North American and through the 19th century. It's a fascinating look at African-American communities and how they functioned amidst extreme racial prejudice. They are currently fronting a renovation of the nearby African Meeting House, the oldest African meeting house in the U.S. In combination with the Black Heritage Trail, it's an eye-opening look on a chapter of U.S. history that I certainly didn't know about beforehand. Very educational and worthwhile!

    The Abiel Smith School at 46 Joy Street
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    More Than Black History

    by Barbie2138 Written Jan 22, 2006

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    The African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill, both built in the early 1800's, are two of the Museum of Afro-American History's most valuable assets. Located in what once was the heart of Boston's 19th-century African American community, these buildings remain a showcase of black community organization and enduring testimony to black craftsmanship.

    Once a church, a school, a vital community meeting place, the African Meeting House is open to the public. The Abiel Smith School, the nation's first public school for African American children, currently houses a first-class exhibit space and the museum store.

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