The African Meeting House (1806) and Abiel Smith School (1835) on Beacon Hill are two of the Museum of African 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 artisanship. Once a church, a school, & community meeting place, the African Meeting House is open to the public. The Abiel Smith School, the first publicly funded schoolhouse in the country for black children, currently houses a first-class exhibit space and museum store. In addition to its historic sites in Boston, the museum owns historic African American sites on Nantucket Island.
Boston & Cambridge, Family Oriented, History, Culture & Libraries