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African Meeting House

Boston, Massachusetts
County of Suffolk.
8 Smith Court
National Register Number: 71000087
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: National Historic Site; See www.nps.gov/boaf.
Web Site: www.nps.gov/boaf/.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 30, 1974):
This brick meeting house was built in 1806 for the congregation of the "African Baptist Church", which had been founded a year earlier. Built by black labor, it was the first black church in Boston and is also the oldest existing African-American church building in the United States. William Lloyd Garrison founded the New England Anti-Slavery Society here in 1832, and many leading abolitionists spoke from its pulpit. The Meeting House, restored to its 1850s appearance, is now the Museum of Afro American History and the heart of the Boston African American National Historic Site.

There is no threat to the landmark at his time

There are no changes since the last report

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