Museum of African American History, Boston & Nantucket

Museum of African American History, Boston & Nantucket




 46 Joy St., Boston, MA 02114

The principal mission of the Museum of African American History is to preserve, conserve and accurately interpret the contributions of people of African descent and those who found common cause with them in the struggle for liberty, dignity, and justice for all Americans.  The Museum is the only institution in New England that, through engaging exhibits, tours, and powerful education and public programs, shares the rich legacy of the accomplishments of Black patriots in shaping America during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Founded in 1967 and opened in 1986, its campuses in Boston and Nantucket feature two Black Heritage Trails® (BHT) and four historic sites; three are National Historic Landmarks:

·         African Meeting House (1806) Boston is America’s oldest extant black church building in the country and was restored to its 1855 appearance in 2011.

·         Abiel Smith School (1835) Boston is the first building in the nation erected solely to house a black public school.

·         Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House (c. 1774) Nantucket is possibly the oldest home still standing built by a free black family for their own occupancy before the Revolution, currently undergoing restoration. This property has three outbuildings.

·         African Meeting House (c.1820's) Nantucket is a school and church built by the black maritime “New Guinea” community.