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Living Legends Awards Gala

MAAH pays tribute to Lonnie Bunch, a central figure and visionary in establishing the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, and Wayne Budd, one of Massachusetts’ most accomplished sons, a highly regarded legal and business leader and a man with deep community commitments. At the close of our museum’s 49th year, we also celebrate the heart of our collections — the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill — which Harvard University Professor, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has called the most important African American National Historic Landmark in the United States — at the Living Legends gala this year, as well as to the opening of the new national museum in Washington, DC.

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Interim Director Accepts Permanent Position at MAAH

Marita Rivero Takes the Helm
Former WGBH Vice President and General Manager for Radio and Television accepts position as permanent Executive Director of Museum and iconic National Historic Landmarks. Rivero succeeds Beverly Morgan-Welch, who served as the Museum’s Executive Director with great distinction for 16 years.

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Beverly Morgan-Welch Heads to Washintgon

Beverly Morgan-Welch Heads to Washintgon
Long-time Executive Director, Beverly Morgan-Welch, is leaving the Museum to assume a senior-level position at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC. Former WGBH Vice President and former MAAH Board Chair Marita Rivero will become Interim Executive Director.

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MAAH Among 262 Cultural Groups Benefitting from $30M Arts Awards

Grant: Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Bloomberg Philanthropies released the list of arts organizations receiving grants from its 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. Among the 262 awardees is Boston’s Museum of African American History.

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New National Park Service Superintendant Named

Michael Creasey Takes the Helm
Boston welcomes Supt. Creasey to the city's national park collaborative: Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, and Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. We thank Cassius Cash for his outstanding service and wish him much success at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Boston’s bright light: The African Meeting House

MSNBC
calls the African Meeting House on Boston’s Beacon Hill a bright light for its beauty and history. The National Historic Landmark was featured as part of msnbc.com’s Road Trip series, for which the network's reporters travel across country to profile movements that sparked change in America.

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Escape From Slavery

The Travel Channel's
Monumental Mysteries program shares one of the amazing stories of escape from slavery that involves Boston's Hayden House, one of the highlights of our Black Heritage Trail® walking tours on Beacon Hill.

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MLK Scholars

See what the MLK Scholars have been up to. One of our stellar high school interns was featured in a John Hancock series of ads in the Boston Globe.

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Design New England features African Meeting House restoration

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Urban Update, WHDH/Channel 7

African Meeting House Restoration

Museum of African American History's African Meeting House Historic Restoration, Rededication Ceremony, and 205th Anniversary Celebration.

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