The African Meeting House
A large part of the history of the African-American community awaits you in this nationally unique church.
Meeting place and cultural space for African-Americans
Boston is home to the oldest African-American church in the USA, at 8 Smith Court in the Beacon Hill district. Built in 1806, over the years this church as served as a temple, a school and also an important meeting place, becoming a landmark community centre thanks to its religious and educational activities. Classified as a National Historic Landmark since 1974, it can be found right next to the Abiel Smith School. Both places provide an excellent account of the history of the African-American community from slavery to the abolitionist movement. It is also home to the Museum of African American History, dedicated to preserving and interpreting the contributions of African-Americans in New England from the colonial period through to the 19th century. Find out more about its extensive history on the official website http://www.afroammuseum.org/afmbeaconhill.htm.