The African Meeting House

The African Meeting House, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the country’s oldest black church. The meeting house was opened Dec. 6, 1806 for the free black community of the famous Beacon Hill. The building structure was built from funds raised by both the black and white communities. African native Cato Gardner was the primary fundraiser, and a plaque bearing his name still hangs at the front door.

In the late 1800s, the African Meeting House was sold to a Jewish congregation and made into a synagogue. It wasn’t until 1972 that the building was repurchased by the Museum of African-American History. Over the next decade, the museum worked to restore the building to its original design of 1854. Read More…


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