Museum of African American History - Boston and Nantucket

Museum of African American History - Boston and Nantucket MAAH is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. Nestled on Boston’s Beacon Hill and at Nantucket’s Five Corners are some of the nation’s most important National Historic Landmarks.
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The Museum’s two campuses feature the earliest churches and schools still standing in the land that were built by and for black communities. Each is beautifully restored and worthy of any journey. Our historic sites, talks, tours, videos, collections, and programs are rooted in the past and connected to the present. From the American Revolution to the Abolitionist and Niagara Movements, experience

The Museum’s two campuses feature the earliest churches and schools still standing in the land that were built by and for black communities. Each is beautifully restored and worthy of any journey. Our historic sites, talks, tours, videos, collections, and programs are rooted in the past and connected to the present. From the American Revolution to the Abolitionist and Niagara Movements, experience

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This past weekend we had the privilege of ceremonially honoring enslaved Africans & those lost crossing the Middle Passa...
08/31/2021
Marker honoring enslaved Africans dedicated in Boston

This past weekend we had the privilege of ceremonially honoring enslaved Africans & those lost crossing the Middle Passage. The installation marks Boston's role in slavery & adds to a list of places in the city to learn & honor important #Blackhistory. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/marker-honoring-enslaved-africans-to-be-dedicated-in-boston/2021/08/28/5eab6d8a-081c-11ec-b3c4-c462b1edcfc8_story.html

A public marker remembering the enslaved Africans forced to journey across the ocean to toil in the Americas has been formally dedicated in Boston

Join us for the Middle Passage Marker Dedication ceremony TODAY at 2:00pm at Long Wharf. You can also virtually stream t...
08/29/2021

Join us for the Middle Passage Marker Dedication ceremony TODAY at 2:00pm at Long Wharf.
You can also virtually stream the program here: https://bostonmiddlepassage.org/
Boston African American National Historic Site City of Boston

Join us for the Middle Passage Marker Dedication ceremony TODAY at 2:00pm at Long Wharf.
You can also virtually stream the program here: https://bostonmiddlepassage.org/
Boston African American National Historic Site City of Boston

Happy Birthday to MAAH’s founder, Sue Bailey Thurman! Born #OnThisDay in 1903 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas., Thurman graduate...
08/26/2021

Happy Birthday to MAAH’s founder, Sue Bailey Thurman! Born #OnThisDay in 1903 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas., Thurman graduated from Spelman Seminary before receiving her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in music and liberal arts in 1926. In 1940, Thurman became the founder and editor of the Aframerican Women’s Journal. Adding to her legacy as a distinctive writer, Thurman wrote several books, most notably Pioneers of Negro Origin in California. In 1967, she founded the Museum of African American History in Boston in order to draw attention to Boston’s black history. Thurman’s legacy can be seen across the world and we are particularly grateful for her here at MAAH.

Happy Birthday to MAAH’s founder, Sue Bailey Thurman! Born #OnThisDay in 1903 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas., Thurman graduated from Spelman Seminary before receiving her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in music and liberal arts in 1926. In 1940, Thurman became the founder and editor of the Aframerican Women’s Journal. Adding to her legacy as a distinctive writer, Thurman wrote several books, most notably Pioneers of Negro Origin in California. In 1967, she founded the Museum of African American History in Boston in order to draw attention to Boston’s black history. Thurman’s legacy can be seen across the world and we are particularly grateful for her here at MAAH.

This summer we were lucky to have Fitchburg State University recent graduate, Alex Pierre, as an  intern! Alex assisted ...
08/25/2021

This summer we were lucky to have Fitchburg State University recent graduate, Alex Pierre, as an intern! Alex assisted with the MLK Summer Scholars program as a Premiere Pro expert, photographer, videographer, and creator of our first MLK Summer Scholars newsletter. He also created social media posts, headed our Histrionic Club, and created a new program brochure for our Education Department. Thank you, Alex, for all your hard work this summer!

This summer we were lucky to have Fitchburg State University recent graduate, Alex Pierre, as an intern! Alex assisted with the MLK Summer Scholars program as a Premiere Pro expert, photographer, videographer, and creator of our first MLK Summer Scholars newsletter. He also created social media posts, headed our Histrionic Club, and created a new program brochure for our Education Department. Thank you, Alex, for all your hard work this summer!

#TransformationTuesday The picture on the left is a 1937 photo from Historic New England and the right is a photo of the...
08/24/2021

#TransformationTuesday The picture on the left is a 1937 photo from Historic New England and the right is a photo of the same staircase following our 2005-2011 restoration of the African Meeting House in Boston -- Image Courtesy of Shawmut Design and Construction

#TransformationTuesday The picture on the left is a 1937 photo from Historic New England and the right is a photo of the same staircase following our 2005-2011 restoration of the African Meeting House in Boston -- Image Courtesy of Shawmut Design and Construction

Summer isn't over, and this year's MAAH Stone Book Award's shortlist of African American history & culture literary work...
08/21/2021

Summer isn't over, and this year's MAAH Stone Book Award's shortlist of African American history & culture literary work should be part of your summer – and anytime – readings lists.

#ICYMI MAAH President and CEO Leon Wilson and Dean of Graduate School Howard University Dana Williams spoke with WCVB CityLine about the top 10 books, their significance, this year's award process, and more!

#AfricanAmericanHistory #Books #SummerReading #2021MAAHStoneShortList

https://www.wcvb.com/article/cityline-sun-aug-8-2021-leon-wilson-and-dana-williams/37226851

Summer isn't over, and this year's MAAH Stone Book Award's shortlist of African American history & culture literary work should be part of your summer – and anytime – readings lists.

#ICYMI MAAH President and CEO Leon Wilson and Dean of Graduate School Howard University Dana Williams spoke with WCVB CityLine about the top 10 books, their significance, this year's award process, and more!

#AfricanAmericanHistory #Books #SummerReading #2021MAAHStoneShortList

https://www.wcvb.com/article/cityline-sun-aug-8-2021-leon-wilson-and-dana-williams/37226851

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Highland Street’s August Adventures! Thank you Highland Street Foundat...
08/19/2021

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Highland Street’s August Adventures! Thank you Highland Street Foundation for your continued support. Be sure to check out the other August Adventures this month!

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for Highland Street’s August Adventures! Thank you Highland Street Foundation for your continued support. Be sure to check out the other August Adventures this month!

Last Thursday, with the help of Town of Nantucket, the life of Arthur Cooper is now rightly celebrated – a self-emancipa...
08/18/2021
Arthur Cooper Was Self-Emancipated And A Leader In Nantucket. Now, The Island is Honoring His Legacy.

Last Thursday, with the help of Town of Nantucket, the life of Arthur Cooper is now rightly celebrated – a self-emancipated and enslaved man who found refuge on Nantucket with the support of local abolitionists. We’re proud to have unveiled a monument dedicated to his life and tell his story of perseverance, resiliency, and the power of community.

Our very own L’Merchie Frazier and Leon Wilson sat with GBH James Bennett II to share Cooper’s story and reflect on what beats the heart of Nantucket’s Black community. https://bit.ly/3yZxNPe

Local organizations memorialized his life, in a park off the street on which he lived.

The Gardner Family were instrumental in the protection of Arthur Cooper and his family from bounty hunters in 1822. Anna...
08/18/2021

The Gardner Family were instrumental in the protection of Arthur Cooper and his family from bounty hunters in 1822. Anna Gardner, who was a child at the time, wrote of that night in her later books.

The Gardner Family were instrumental in the protection of Arthur Cooper and his family from bounty hunters in 1822. Anna Gardner, who was a child at the time, wrote of that night in her later books.

08/16/2021
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We’re so proud of the work our #MLKSummerScholars have done this summer! You can see their final animation projects here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAmLazgYEbk
https://youtu.be/eceXcNT0J48

The Scholars put in a tremendous amount of work into creating these stop motion shorts. We want to thank our partners John Hancock for supporting the project, our special consultant Cagen Luse (LunchTime ComiX) for leading our scholars on this animation journey, and our friends at the Massachusetts Historical Society for providing a research workshop to the scholars via zoom.

Jacob Zimmerman, nephew of MAAH’s first Board Chair Henry Hampton, spoke at the 1999 “Bless This House” event on Nantuck...
08/15/2021

Jacob Zimmerman, nephew of MAAH’s first Board Chair Henry Hampton, spoke at the 1999 “Bless This House” event on Nantucket. #ACK #ThisPlaceMatters #HistoryHappensHere

Jacob Zimmerman, nephew of MAAH’s first Board Chair Henry Hampton, spoke at the 1999 “Bless This House” event on Nantucket. #ACK #ThisPlaceMatters #HistoryHappensHere

TODAY, join the Museum and Highland Street Foundation  for “August Adventures!” MAAH will be free for visitors during ou...
08/12/2021

TODAY, join the Museum and Highland Street Foundation for “August Adventures!” MAAH will be free for visitors during our one hour time slots. Reservations are REQUIRED! Thank you, Highland Street Foundation, for the continued support. http://ow.ly/rvNF50FhL2Q

TODAY, join the Museum and Highland Street Foundation for “August Adventures!” MAAH will be free for visitors during our one hour time slots. Reservations are REQUIRED! Thank you, Highland Street Foundation, for the continued support. http://ow.ly/rvNF50FhL2Q

Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820. Arthur became a leader in Nant...
08/11/2021

Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820. Arthur became a leader in Nantucket’s black community. In 1822, they were pursued by a bounty hunter, but were protected by the Nantucket anti-slavery community. Join us TOMORROW at 4pm! #ACK

Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820. Arthur became a leader in Nantucket’s black community. In 1822, they were pursued by a bounty hunter, but were protected by the Nantucket anti-slavery community. Join us TOMORROW at 4pm! #ACK

This brief article published in 1844 in “The Liberator” is promoting a “curious historical fact.” It’s curious that one ...
08/09/2021

This brief article published in 1844 in “The Liberator” is promoting a “curious historical fact.” It’s curious that one who has signed as a “A Friend to Justice...” would also participate in the destruction of the sign from the Anti-Slavery office in 1835.

This brief article published in 1844 in “The Liberator” is promoting a “curious historical fact.” It’s curious that one who has signed as a “A Friend to Justice...” would also participate in the destruction of the sign from the Anti-Slavery office in 1835.

Here’s a response to our second Histrionic Club prompt:  The response was to the image from Detroit Institute of Arts “E...
08/07/2021

Here’s a response to our second Histrionic Club prompt:

The response was to the image from Detroit Institute of Arts “Ellen’s Isle, Loch Katrine”. This oil painting was made by Robert S. Duncanson in 1871and was inspired by the poem “The Lady of the Lake” by Sir Walter S. Scott. Image Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

TODAY: The Museum of African American History is proud to participate in Bank of America’s Museums on Us program! Every ...
08/06/2021

TODAY: The Museum of African American History is proud to participate in Bank of America’s Museums on Us program! Every first Friday of the month, Bank of America card holders can visit us at our Boston and Nantucket campuses for free. Tickets must be reserved in advance through our ticketing website: https://evergreen.humanitru.com/web/campaigns/museum-of-african-american-history~still-making-american-history?attend=tag:boston+location

Tickets only valid for the time listed on ticket.

Learn more about the Museums on Us program: https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture.html#fbid=YrydUTSyWzm

TODAY: The Museum of African American History is proud to participate in Bank of America’s Museums on Us program! Every first Friday of the month, Bank of America card holders can visit us at our Boston and Nantucket campuses for free. Tickets must be reserved in advance through our ticketing website: https://evergreen.humanitru.com/web/campaigns/museum-of-african-american-history~still-making-american-history?attend=tag:boston+location

Tickets only valid for the time listed on ticket.

Learn more about the Museums on Us program: https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture.html#fbid=YrydUTSyWzm

We’re 1 week away! Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820. Arthur beca...
08/05/2021

We’re 1 week away! Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820. Arthur became a leader in Nantucket’s black community. In 1822, they were pursued by a bounty hunter, but were protected by the Nantucket anti-slavery community. Join us on August 12th at 4pm! #ACK

We’re 1 week away! Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820. Arthur became a leader in Nantucket’s black community. In 1822, they were pursued by a bounty hunter, but were protected by the Nantucket anti-slavery community. Join us on August 12th at 4pm! #ACK

We divided our MLK Summer Scholars into two  teams and challenged them to a scavenger hunt around the Museum! See any cl...
08/03/2021

We divided our MLK Summer Scholars into two teams and challenged them to a scavenger hunt around the Museum! See any clues you may know the answer to? #mlksummerscholars #johnhancockusa #scavengerhunt #thisplacematters #historyhappenshere

We divided our MLK Summer Scholars into two teams and challenged them to a scavenger hunt around the Museum! See any clues you may know the answer to? #mlksummerscholars #johnhancockusa #scavengerhunt #thisplacematters #historyhappenshere

This year, join the Museum and Highland Street Foundation for “August Adventures!” Thursday, August 12th, MAAH will be f...
08/01/2021

This year, join the Museum and Highland Street Foundation for “August Adventures!” Thursday, August 12th, MAAH will be free for visitors during our one hour time slots. Reservations are REQUIRED! Thank you, Highland Street Foundation, for the continued support. http://ow.ly/rvNF50FhL2Q

This year, join the Museum and Highland Street Foundation for “August Adventures!” Thursday, August 12th, MAAH will be free for visitors during our one hour time slots. Reservations are REQUIRED! Thank you, Highland Street Foundation, for the continued support. http://ow.ly/rvNF50FhL2Q

MAAH is offering an internship in Collections Management & Registration this fall! Assist us in improving collections st...
07/30/2021

MAAH is offering an internship in Collections Management & Registration this fall! Assist us in improving collections stewardship of our art, artifact, and archival collections on Nantucket over 2 weeks in Oct, 2021. Interns receive a $2,000 stipend! #ACK IC: National Trust for Historic Preservation
https://www.maah.org/ckfinder/userfile/files/MAAH%20NantucketInternAnnouncment7_14_21%20(1).pdf

MAAH is offering an internship in Collections Management & Registration this fall! Assist us in improving collections stewardship of our art, artifact, and archival collections on Nantucket over 2 weeks in Oct, 2021. Interns receive a $2,000 stipend! #ACK IC: National Trust for Historic Preservation
https://www.maah.org/ckfinder/userfile/files/MAAH%20NantucketInternAnnouncment7_14_21%20(1).pdf

"Without question, the most important liberation movement in American ­history — from Jacksonian democracy to gay rights...
07/29/2021

"Without question, the most important liberation movement in American ­history — from Jacksonian democracy to gay rights — was the long struggle against slavery," wrote the New York Times. "Abolition established the principles and rhetoric, while setting the strategies and tactics, that have guided all subsequent reform movements."

#ThrowbackThursday to this 2016 lecture in the Boston African Meeting House with Manisha Sinha on her book "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition."

"Without question, the most important liberation movement in American ­history — from Jacksonian democracy to gay rights — was the long struggle against slavery," wrote the New York Times. "Abolition established the principles and rhetoric, while setting the strategies and tactics, that have guided all subsequent reform movements."

#ThrowbackThursday to this 2016 lecture in the Boston African Meeting House with Manisha Sinha on her book "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition."

Save the Date for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event on October 14th @ 6:30pm! Details and registration info t...
07/28/2021

Save the Date for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event on October 14th @ 6:30pm! Details and registration info to follow. We’ll also be sending gift boxes and free copies of the winning books!

MAAH Stone Book Award

Save the Date for the 2021 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event on October 14th @ 6:30pm! Details and registration info to follow. We’ll also be sending gift boxes and free copies of the winning books!

MAAH Stone Book Award

Join us August 12th at 4:00pm! Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820....
07/26/2021

Join us August 12th at 4:00pm! Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820. Arthur became a leader in Nantucket’s black community. In 1822, they were pursued by a bounty hunter, but were protected by the Nantucket anti-slavery community. #ACK

Join us August 12th at 4:00pm! Arthur Cooper and his wife self-emancipated from slavery and landed on Nantucket in 1820. Arthur became a leader in Nantucket’s black community. In 1822, they were pursued by a bounty hunter, but were protected by the Nantucket anti-slavery community. #ACK

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The Museum of African American History inspires 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. .


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"This book is one of the best biographies of an individual USCT soldier to reach the market in recent memory. It is very readable, well documented, and hard to put down. . . . This book is highly recommended for any Civil War enthusiast, especially those with an interest in the contributions of black soldiers to the Union victory."—Civil War News
Bill Costen, first and only African American hot air balloon "Master" in the world to be featured in documentary film "Balloon Man" - https://www.facebook.com/BalloonManMovie
Bill Costen, first and only African American hot air balloon "Master" in the world to be featured in documentary film "Balloon Man" - https://www.facebook.com/BalloonManMovie
She is a Boston based artist She talks about how free black folks during slavery traveled internationally on business, to attend school, etc. Introducing Strong Inspirations youtube channel "Where black history lives"
This image is from my Walk of Fame Project that has been proposed to the Lowell City Council last year 2020. I found a tad more info on the man and his family that is rather impressive. Harry Haskell Lew-(1884-1963), Born in Lowell, Ma Was the first African American to integrate professional basketball in 1902. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ His great-great-grandfather, Barzillai Lew, was a freeman who served in the American Revolution. And was a fifer and served with Captain John Ford at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Barzillai was immortalized in the Duke Ellington song "Barzillai Lou". His great-great-aunt Lucy Lew and her husband Thomas Dalton were civil rights activists. The home of his grandparents, Adrastus and Elizabeth Lew, was a station on the Underground Railroad. His father, William Lew, was a delegate to the 1891 Equal Rights Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. That's an impressive family. To top things off, Barzillai Lew, is buried at the Clay Pit Cemetary, in Lowell, Ma, where the New Market Basket is located. This man and his family need to be held up and remembered. Especially during these times. Stuff like this is being ignored and it needs to be celebrated and honored for what they have done to help shape this nation, regardless of the past. To make a better future for all. He and his family is what is needed to inspire people of all Races And not ignored or covered in the pavement or hidden by weeds. Sending to you folks to see what can be done. This man and his family are National Heroes within the Black Community and all others. In today's age, it is history like this that needs to be honored and respected. Please pass this along and make it known.
It is time to come together as one to practice cooperative economics in order to achieve financial independence from the system designed to hold us back. "The U.S. government has a long history of facilitating wealth for white Americans. From at least the Land Act of 1785, Congress sought to transfer wealth to citizens on terms that were quite favorable. In some instances, land could be attained by the luck of the draw — but only if you were a white man. It was never the case that a white asset-based middle class simply emerged. Rather, it was government policy, and to some extent literal government giveaways, that provided whites the finance, education, land and infrastructure to accumulate and pass down wealth. While the 1866 Homestead Act sought to include blacks specifically in the transfer of public lands to private farmers, discrimination and poor implementation doomed the policy. Black politicians during Reconstruction attempted to use tax policy to force land on the market, but this was met with violent resistance." Published: March 4, 2019 by Darrick Hamilton and Trevon Logan It's time for us to play catch up. Contact me and I'll tell you how. SERIOUS INQUIRERS ONLY!!!! Contact me at [email protected] to find out how to gain financial independence!!
“Carrying the Colors” is the first ever biography of an illiterate escaped slave turned Civil War hero. Andrew Jackson Smith was a member of the 55th Massachusetts: “This book is one of the best biographies of an individual USCT soldier to reach the market in recent memory…hard to put down” Civil War News review Carrying the Colors chronicles race as a salient and destructive force in American life, but so too the inspiring power of commitment, determination, and pride.”—John David Smith, author of Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops Through impressive research and insightful prose, Beckman and MacDonald have crafted a compelling portrait of an American hero.”—Russell S. Bonds, author of Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor https://www.facebook.com/Carrying-the-Colors-Book-101137168141531/?modal=admin_todo_tour
Archer Alexander the Slave on The statue in the city's Park Square is a replica of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington and depicts Lincoln with one hand raised above a kneeling man with broken shackles on his wrists.
Trying to fashion a more inclusive Revolutionary War history for NH. Meet Jude Hall, black soldier at Bunker Hill.
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I am surprised that more information is not mentioned on your page about the 54th Mass. Reenactors, Company A, They are the ones that are sill keeping the true story of the 'Regiment' alive. They have been active since the movie 'Glory' premiered, and are still here in Readville, Mass to 'Represent' .