DOORS > MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: BOSTON
The African meeting House
The African Meeting House, Boston is where Frederick Douglass and abolitionist giants rallied for freedom and justice in the nation’s first African Meeting House. The Museum of African American History’s crown jewel is the oldest extant African American church building in the United States, constructed primarily by free black artisans and opened in 1806. The Meeting House, now considered the black Faneuil Hall, served as a Baptist church, school, and vital meeting place in the 19th century and a synagogue in the 20th century.
abiel smith School
The Abiel Smith School, built adjacent to the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill, was dedicated in 1835 as the first building in the nation erected solely to house a public school for African American children. The three-story school building has been transformed into exhibit galleries, a museum store, and an ideal locale for education programs and public events. It is a National Historic Landmark and one of 14 sites on the Boston Black Heritage Trail®.
Address: 46 Joy St, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 725-0022, ext. 222
Open 10 am – 4 pm,
Monday - Saturday
Free, ranger-led walking tours along the trail are offered daily; Memorial Day through Labor Day, or by appointment. Self-guided walking tour maps are available.