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 powerful American stories through a new lens. Come to the Museum, where Frederick Douglass and pioneering activists, entrepreneurs, journalists, educators, artists, and authors organized campaigns that changed the nation.

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 powerful American stories through a new lens. Come to the Museum, where Frederick Douglass and pioneering activists, entrepreneurs, journalists, educators, artists, and authors organized campaigns that changed the nation.

Mission: The mission of the Museum of African American History is to preserve and interpret the contributions of people of African descent and those who have found common cause with them in the struggle for liberty and justice for all Americans.

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Join the Museum and the Boston Public Library  on January 21st for an online conversation with author Alex Zamalin on hi...
01/19/2021
Alex Zamalin — Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility

Join the Museum and the Boston Public Library on January 21st for an online conversation with author Alex Zamalin on his book: “Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility” moderated by MAAH Director of Education and Interpretation L'Merchie Frazier. More:

https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5fea2a1625c2fc430bf16654

Join the Boston Public Library in partnership with the Museum of African American History (MAAH) for an online conversation with author Alex Zamalin moderated by MAAH Director Of Education And Interpretation L'Merchie Frazier. This program is part of the BPL's Repairing America Series.Spanning two h...

The Nantucket Interfaith Council will Celebrate the Life & Legacy of Dr. Rev. Marting Luther King Jr. with a televised e...
01/17/2021

The Nantucket Interfaith Council will Celebrate the Life & Legacy of Dr. Rev. Marting Luther King Jr. with a televised event. The live event will take place Monday, January 18th starting at 6PM and aired on NCTV, Channel 18. The Museum is a member of the Nantucket Interfaith Council.

Justice 2021: In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Nantucket Interfaith Council
LIVE Monday 1.18.20 at 6pm
Local Channel 18, YouTube/NCTV18, YouTube/St. Paul's - Nantucket, Facebook Live: St. Paul's in Nantucket (Episcopal) and Zoom.

Join our island’s interfaith leaders as they explore through prayer, sacred readings and music the goal of justice in our community, our nation, and throughout the world.

Zoom Registration Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ctur3Cb8SQiBTZIIs8yAOw

Direct Link:
Nantucket Interfaith Council presents Justice 2021 in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. https://ecs.page.link/89twR

#nantucketinterfaithcouncil #justice2021 #drmartinlutherkingjr #remembrance #nantucket #live #nctv18 #visionvoicelife #letsrollnantucket

01/15/2021
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

We are so excited for this event with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras on Monday! Join us for A Testament of Hope, hosted by GBH Forum Network

Register: http://ow.ly/mzSm50D6gBY

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and Museum of African American History - Boston and Nantucket
A TESTAMENT OF HOPE
Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1pm - LIVESTREAM
Virtually hosted by the @GBH Forum Network
Regsiter:
https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/4216103378213/WN_dYn7IVsJQS6ijHkIkQR_UA

Photo ©Stephen Wilkes for National Geographic

Together we are proud to recognize Dr. King’s enormous impact on our lives. Through the spirit of this day and we celebr...
01/15/2021

Together we are proud to recognize Dr. King’s enormous impact on our lives. Through the spirit of this day and we celebrate his dream as we acknowledge that the work is not done. MAAH and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras recognizes the universal role of music in the African American experience and its impact across race and ethnicity to advance the message of freedom and hope, past, present and future.

Please come together on January 18th at 1:00pm as we share this special video celebration with you and honor Dr. King with A Testament of Hope! Hosted by GBH Forum Network

We are one week away from the Boston Public Library’s online conversation with author Alex Zamalin on his book: “Against...
01/14/2021

We are one week away from the Boston Public Library’s online conversation with author Alex Zamalin on his book: “Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility” moderated by MAAH Director of Education and Interpretation L'Merchie Frazier. More:

https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5fea2a1625c2fc430bf16654

Join the Museum and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for our 14th annual celebration on MLK Day at 1:00pm hosted vir...
01/12/2021

Join the Museum and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras for our 14th annual celebration on MLK Day at 1:00pm hosted virtually by GBH Forum Network
"A Testament of Hope" celebrates the life and words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Together we are proud to recognize Dr. King’s enormous impact on our lives. Through the spirit of this day and we celebrate his dream as we acknowledge that the work is not done. MAAH and BYSO recognizes the universal role of music in the African American experience and its impact across race and ethnicity to advance the message of freedom and hope, past, present and future.

Please come together with us as we share this special video celebration with you and honor Dr. King with A Testament of Hope!

Register: http://ow.ly/u7Zq50D6g5w

#DYK Wendell Phillips stopped practicing law and denounced the Constitution as a pro-slavery document? William Cooper Ne...
01/11/2021

#DYK Wendell Phillips stopped practicing law and denounced the Constitution as a pro-slavery document? William Cooper Nell also studied law but refused to uphold the Constitution for the same reason.
Wendell Phillips image courtesy of The Library of Congress
William Cooper Nell image courtesy of Massachusetts Historical Society

Henry Highland Garnet became an orator, minister, abolitionist, and ambassador to Liberia. From “An Address to the Slave...
01/10/2021

Henry Highland Garnet became an orator, minister, abolitionist, and ambassador to Liberia. From “An Address to the Slaves of the United States”, 1843.

Join the Museum and the Boston Public Library on January 21st for an online conversation with author Alex Zamalin on his...
01/08/2021
Alex Zamalin — Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility

Join the Museum and the Boston Public Library on January 21st for an online conversation with author Alex Zamalin on his book: “Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility” moderated by MAAH Director of Education and Interpretation, L'Merchie Frazier. More:

https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5fea2a1625c2fc430bf16654

Join the Boston Public Library in partnership with the Museum of African American History (MAAH) for an online conversation with author Alex Zamalin moderated by MAAH Director Of Education And Interpretation L'Merchie Frazier. This program is part of the BPL's Repairing America Series.Spanning two h...

#ThrowbackThursday to John Stauffer’s talk on his 2013 book “Battle Hymn of the Republic” at the Abiel Smith School! The...
01/07/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to John Stauffer’s talk on his 2013 book “Battle Hymn of the Republic” at the Abiel Smith School! The book functions as a biography for the famous song, which began as “John Brown’s Body”

The book is for sale in our Museum Store. Check our website for details about reopening.

01/06/2021
GBH Forum Network

GBH Forum Network

Wellesley College's Kellie Carter Jackson sheds light on the Black women of history that are often shrouded behind the role of wife. Learn about the women who made the suffrage and abolition movements run.

Watch, The Impact of Women on U.S. Elections: Past, Present and Future with Museum of African American History - Boston and Nantucket >> https://to.wgbh.org/34Hnt15

Did you know we used to be The Museum of Afro-American History? We officially changed our name to the Museum of African ...
01/04/2021

Did you know we used to be The Museum of Afro-American History? We officially changed our name to the Museum of African American History 15 years ago!

#OnThisDay in 1808, the “Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves” took effect. This Act ceased the international slave...
01/01/2021

#OnThisDay in 1808, the “Act Prohibiting the Importation of Slaves” took effect. This Act ceased the international slave trade and forbade importation of new enslaved people to the country. However, this Act had no bearing on the domestic or “coastwise” slave trade in America.

This article published #OnThisDay in 1860 in “The Liberator” is an “Address of the Colored Citizens of Boston to the Pri...
12/31/2020

This article published #OnThisDay in 1860 in “The Liberator” is an “Address of the Colored Citizens of Boston to the Prince of Wales.” The Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Boston in October, 1860. The address thanks the Prince for providing shelter for “fugitives from American Slavery.”

We hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

#TransformationTuesday: the interior of the Boston-Higginbotham House on Nantucket. Both the interior and exterior of th...
12/29/2020

#TransformationTuesday: the interior of the Boston-Higginbotham House on Nantucket. Both the interior and exterior of the building have gone through major restoration in the past few years.

#MondayMemories 2019 Living Legends Awards Our 2019 Living Legends: four-time Grammy-winning bassist, singer-songwriter ...
12/28/2020

#MondayMemories 2019 Living Legends Awards

Our 2019 Living Legends: four-time Grammy-winning bassist, singer-songwriter and opera composer, Esperanza Spalding and 2019 Oscar winner, Ruth E. Carter.

William and Ellen Craft made their daring escape to freedom on December 21st. By December 25th, they were safely in Phil...
12/26/2020

William and Ellen Craft made their daring escape to freedom on December 21st. By December 25th, they were safely in Philadelphia. William wrote the story of their journey. It was published in London in 1860.

Happy Birthday to Henry Harland Garnet born #OnThisDay in 1815! Born enslaved in Maryland, Garnet and his family made th...
12/23/2020

Happy Birthday to Henry Harland Garnet born #OnThisDay in 1815! Born enslaved in Maryland, Garnet and his family made their way to freedom along the Underground Railroad and settled in New York in 1824. Garnet became an orator, minister, abolitionist, and ambassador to Liberia. In 1843, Garnet delivered what was most arguably his most famous address at the National Negro Convention in Buffalo, New York, which urged the enslaved to rebel against their enslavers and claim their own freedom.

"Those who have fallen in freedom's conflict, their memories will be cherished by the true hearted, and the God-fearing, in all future generations; those who are living, their names are surrounded by a halo of glory."

MAAH is so pleased to have the support of Beacon Hill Civic Association! Their Beacon Hill Community Fund has made a gen...
12/21/2020

MAAH is so pleased to have the support of Beacon Hill Civic Association! Their Beacon Hill Community Fund has made a generous grant to help expand distance learning on our website. Thank you!

Thomas Paul was selected to become the first minister at the African Meeting House on December 4th, 1806. The Meeting Ho...
12/18/2020

Thomas Paul was selected to become the first minister at the African Meeting House on December 4th, 1806. The Meeting House would have its official dedication two days later. Thomas Paul would serve as minister of the First African Baptist Church until 1829. He was a dynamic minister and social organizer who used his platform in the church to promote racial justice around New England.

Image Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

#TBT to The welcome reception for former Boston African American National Historic Site (BOAF) Site Manager Terry Brown ...
12/17/2020

#TBT to The welcome reception for former Boston African American National Historic Site (BOAF) Site Manager Terry Brown in 2010! Since leaving BOAF, Terry served as Superintendent at Fort Monroe. Brown has since stepped down from this position and has become the “federal agency’s liaison to The United States Semiquincentennial Commission, the body tasked with planning the 250th anniversary of American independence.”

https://www.dailypress.com/government/virginia/dp-nw-hampton-fort-monroe-trustee-20200225-d7uekuwwhjhmzf663kqhdata24-story.html

As Boston moves back into Phase 2 Step 2, the Museum’s doors will be closed once again. Let us learn from our history, s...
12/16/2020

As Boston moves back into Phase 2 Step 2, the Museum’s doors will be closed once again. Let us learn from our history, stay safe, and stop the spread.
https://www.facebook.com/cityofboston/posts/10159023821821031

The City of Boston is returning to a modified Phase Two Step Two of the Reopening Massachusetts plan effective Wednesday, December 16. Businesses: Please check if your industry will be impacted by changes at boston.gov/reopening.

Residents: Everyone must continue to follow public health guidelines at boston.gov/coronavirus to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This ad in “The Liberator” newspaper, published on December 14, 1849, is for Lewis Hayden’s clothing store. Lewis Hayden...
12/16/2020

This ad in “The Liberator” newspaper, published on December 14, 1849, is for Lewis Hayden’s clothing store. Lewis Hayden ran a second-hand clothing store on Cambridge Street that was profitable not only to the Haydens, but to the abolition movement. This ad gives a glowing review not only of the store, but of Mr. Hayden himself.

Discover Charles Lenox Remond, one of the most effective advocates for ending the institution of slavery in the United S...
12/14/2020

Discover Charles Lenox Remond, one of the most effective advocates for ending the institution of slavery in the United States in the early 19th century in the Boston Public Library’s Anti-Slavery Collection, one of the most extensive collections of its kind. See what else you can learn by visiting the collection: http://antislaverycollection.org/LenoxRemond

12/12/2020
Join us and the Associates of the Boston Public Library for Giving Voice to the Abolitionists, a video featuring young a...
12/09/2020

Join us and the Associates of the Boston Public Library for Giving Voice to the Abolitionists, a video featuring young actors from Boston Arts Academy reading letters from the Boston Public Library’s extensive collection of abolitionist correspondence including Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. The video premieres on Wednesday December 9 at 6:00 pm. Visit https://bit.ly/GivingVoiceBPL to RSVP.

Did you see our appeal as part of #GivingTuesday? The Museum of African American History (MAAH) – Boston and Nantucket –...
12/08/2020

Did you see our appeal as part of #GivingTuesday? The Museum of African American History (MAAH) – Boston and Nantucket – is the largest and oldest New England institution celebrating the legacy of black people, and those who found common cause with us, in the building of our democracy. The Museum is, therefore, uniquely positioned to provide critical lessons, steeped in historic fact, that can guide our nation toward a more just society, now and in the future. Please consider supporting the Museum today: http://ow.ly/fXmw50Cytru

Image Courtesy of Shawmut Construction & Design

The motto of Frederick Douglass' newspaper, "The North Star" #FrederickDouglass #TheNorthStar
12/06/2020

The motto of Frederick Douglass' newspaper, "The North Star" #FrederickDouglass #TheNorthStar

#FlashbackFriday: Our 2012 Free Fun Friday, supported by Highland Street Foundation. Visitors explored “The Color of Bas...
12/05/2020

#FlashbackFriday: Our 2012 Free Fun Friday, supported by Highland Street Foundation. Visitors explored “The Color of Baseball in Boston” exhibit. Though we couldn’t have a 2020 Free fun Friday, we want to thank the Highland Street Foundation for always supporting this wonderful event and continuing to support institutions around the state.

Activism has deep roots in Boston! Sarah Parker Remond was a powerful orator in the 1800’s fighting to end the instituti...
12/03/2020
Letter from Sarah Parker Remond, Warrington, [England], to Maria Weston Chapman, October 6th, 1859

Activism has deep roots in Boston! Sarah Parker Remond was a powerful orator in the 1800’s fighting to end the institution of slavery-here and abroad in Europe. Learn more from her letters in the Special Collections of the Boston Public Library http://antislaverycollection.org/ParkerRemond

An online library of photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest from libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies across Massachusetts.

TONIGHT!Race in the Public Dialogue: The Impact of Women on U.S. Elections: Past, Present & Future, sponsored by Liberty...
12/02/2020

TONIGHT!

Race in the Public Dialogue: The Impact of Women on U.S. Elections: Past, Present & Future, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley participate in an in-depth examination of the impact of women in the 2020 election.

Historians Dr. Kerri Greenidge and Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson will provide a historical perspective from the 18th and 19th centuries on Black women’s suffrage and Black voting rights. Finally, we’ll look towards the future and the role young women activists will play in the next elections.

Moderated by Dr. Christina Greer, Associate Professor, Fordham University. Also featuring Renee Graham, Boston Globe columnist

GBH Forum Network
Register: http://ow.ly/JAB650CvVpH

TOMORROW: Race in the Public Dialogue: The Impact of Women on US elections: Past, Present, and Future, sponsored by Libe...
12/01/2020

TOMORROW: Race in the Public Dialogue: The Impact of Women on US elections: Past, Present, and Future, sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Register: http://ow.ly/JAB650CvVpH
GBH Forum Network

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46 Joy St
Boston, MA
02114

General information

Admission: Adults- $10 Youth (13-17) and Seniors (62+)- $8 Members and Children 12 and under- Free Group rate (20+ people)- $3.50 per person in group Hours: Mondays-Saturdays 10AM-4PM Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAAHMuseum Instagram: https://instagram.com/maahmuseum/

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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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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