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Museum of African American History Boston|Nantucket

Boston, MA | http://www.maah.org
Joined in October 2020

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About the Museum of African American History Boston | Nantucket

The Museum of African American History is a non-profit institution that began its first exhibitions and public gatherings in 1967. It is nationally and internationally known for its collection of historic buildings in Boston and Nantucket. The Museum's mission is to inspire all generations to embrace and interpret the authentic stories of New Englanders of African descent, and those who found common cause with them in their quest for freedom and justice.

Through its historic buildings, collections, and programs, the Museum expands cultural understanding and promotes dignity and respect for all.


The Museum of African American History is New England's largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving, and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved two historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the 18th century through to the end of the 19th century. The exhibits, programs, and education activities at the Museum showcase the powerful stories of black families who worshipped, educated their children, debated the issues of the day, produced great art, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom.

 

In Boston, the African Meeting House is the first of its kind in America and the oldest black church building in the country. The adjacent Abiel Smith School is the oldest building in the nation constructed for the sole purpose of housing a black public school. Today, the Abiel Smith School galleries feature rotating exhibits and a Museum Store open year-round.


On the Island of Nantucket, the Florence Higginbotham House, currently in its final phase of restoration, sits next door to the pristinely restored African Meeting House. Visitors will find the African Meeting House open for scheduled hours during July and August and open by appointment at other times of the year. You can discover the stories of courageous Americans on a guided walking tour of the Museum's Black Heritage Trails®; Trails highlighting black heritage and community on Boston's Beacon Hill and the Island of Nantucket.


Through a vast collection of historic artifacts, including its historic sites, educational programs, and interactive exhibits, the Museum tells the complete and inclusive American story.


In 2020, the Museum received a significant grant to build its capacity and launch a strategic planning process that will position it to expand its programming and organizational capacity so it can become a force in Boston’s and the nation’s discussion of justice and equality.

About the Museum of African American History Boston | Nantucket

The Museum of African American History is a non-profit institution that began its first exhibitions and public gatherings in 1967. It is nationally and internationally…

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