African Meeting House

If these walls could talk

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At the dedication of the African Meeting House in 1806, white patrons took the best seats while blacks sat in the balcony. Ironic.

The focal point of Beacon Hill‘s thriving black community, the Meeting House quickly earned the moniker the “Black Faneuil Hall“. The discussions that took place here were suitably revolutionary. For starters, William Lloyd Garrison founded the New England Anti-Slavery Society here in 1832. Furthermore, Frederick Douglass delivered his impassioned abolitionist speeches of 1860 to packed crowds.

The oldest black church in the country, the Meeting House is now home to the Museum of African American History. It is also the final stop on the African Heritage Trail.

T: Park St / Green or Park St/Red

At A Glance

46 Joy Street
$5 adults; $3 teens; free children 12 and under
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