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The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.

 

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 Events

   

THE HAMMER OF

HANK AARON

 

Smithsonian Channel, Comcast, and MAAH present film preview

 

Friday | February 19, 2016

6pm | 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill

 

Join us for a preview of a documentary film celebrating the life of Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron. Hammerin' Hank struggled against racism to break Babe Ruth's home run record by more than 40 runs. He earned 755 career home runs and also holds the record for runs batted in and several others. <rsvp now>

 
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CELEBRATE THE LIFE &

LEGACY OF DR. KING WITH

 

MAAH, Israel in Boston, and

Special Guest Senator Mo Cowan

 

Wednesday | February 24, 2016

6:30pm | 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill

 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Israel... is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world." Don't miss this celebration of his life and legacy with the Honorable Mo Cowan in the African Meeting House, the oldest extant black church building in America and a former synagogue. <rsvp now>

 

 Exhibits

   

TRACE THE HISTORY OF

BLACK LITERATURE!

 

Freedom Rising: Reading, Writing

and Publishing Black Books

 

Black Books celebrates the rich tradition of African American literature through

an exhibit showcasing our collection of rare books, related programs, and stories of black authors from the Colonial era through the 20th century. Photo: Phillis Wheatley. <more>

 
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PICTURING FREDERICK DOUGLASS

 

The Most Photographed Man

of the 19th Century

 

In June of 2016, MAAH will open a new, first of its kind exhibit. Picturing Frederick Douglass will feature more than 100 images of the famous abolitionist taken between 1841 and 1895. Few realize that Douglass was the most photographed person of the 19th century with some 160 surviving images. By comparison, there are 130 images of President Abraham Lincoln. <more soon>

 

 What's New

   

MAAH ANNOUNCES

LEADERSHIP CHANGE

 
Marita Rivero

Named Executive Director

 

The Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket, announced today that its Board of Directors has named Marita Rivero as the organization’s Executive Director. Rivero succeeds Beverly Morgan-Welch, who served as the Museum’s Executive Director with great distinction for 16 years. In November, Morgan-Welch left to become Associate Director of External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. <more>

 
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BUY LOCAL & SUPPORT MAAH YEAR ROUND

 

One-of-a-kind treasures, hand-

crafted bags, unique books, jewelry, scarves, hats, T-shirts, and an

array of inspired gifts.

 

Monday - Saturday | 10am-4pm

46 Joy Street | Beacon Hill

 

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MAAH RECEIVES

MAJOR GRANT

 
Bloomberg Philanthropies

Awards $30M in Arts Funding

 

The Museum is one of 262 arts organizations selected to receive grants from Bloomberg's Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, devoted to awarding money to small and midsize nonprofits in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Details and list of grantees: <more>.

 
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DID YOU LIKE HAVING

SUNDAY & LONGER HOURS?

 
Boston and Nantucket Campuses

Return to Normal Hours

 

While we are no longer offering Sunday and longer hours, as we did all summer, we would love your feedback. Want Sunday & longer hours back? <reply>. Fall hours:<Boston> | <Nantucket>

 
 Featured
   

FREEDOM RISING

ONLINE COLLECTION

 
View Images from MAAH's Comprehensive Civl War Exhibit

 

Rare and powerful images from the museum's Freedom Rising Civil War collection have moved Online. We invite you to log on to Flickr, browse through our preview of images from the exhibit, then post your ideas, comments, key words, and tags. Help make this new resource easily accessible and more meaningful for all visitors, on-site and online. Photo: Lewis Hayden. <more>

 
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Image:  Restored interior of the African Meeting House

 

AFRICAN MEETING HOUSE BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED
Iconic National Historic Landmark Returned to 1855 Appearance
A memorable celebration marked the rededication of the pristenely restored African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. Descendants of abolitionist giants and moving music performances, including Sweet Honey in the Rock, make taking a trip back to 2011 worthwhile.
<more>

 
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CELEBRATE HISTORY WITH

PARTNERS IN PRESERVATION
MAAH Welcomes All Visitors
Through its "Doors to History"


Boston campus | 46 Joy Street
Nantucket campus | 29 York Street

Walk through our 19th century doors to the largest collection of historic sites in the country relating to free, pre-Civil War African American communities. Come learn important history and <more>

 
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Image: MAAH Multimedia

 

Image: Education at MAAH

 
 

Past Regained for African Meeting House. (BNN News) <video>

Boston's African Meeting House Gets Facelift (WGBH) <video>

Inside Boston's African Meeting House. (WGBH) <video>

<more videos>

 

LOVE TO LEARN AT MAAH!
 
Interactive Prograns: Rooted in the Past, Connected to the Present

The Museum's education programs offer fun for all age groups and are rooted in our historic sites, past and present exhibitions, and rich scholarly research.  Our series of hands-on, interactive activities and programs are designed to engage educators, students, families, and organizations serving youth, and to meet Massachusetts’s Social Studies Framework and Common Core curriculum standards.  <more>

 
 

JOIN US... BECOME A MAAH MEMBER TODAY
If you are not already a Member, join us today by signing up on-line
or by visiting one of our campuses on Boston's Beacon HIll or on Nantucket.  Thank you
for standing with us as we preserve and share this amazing American history
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IN BOSTON &

NANTUCKET:

$5.00
Members - Free

12 yrs & Under - Free

13-17 yrs - $3.00

Seniors 62+ - $3.00

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