A Student of History

February 14, 2008

Give Credit Where it is Due

Filed under: Early America,Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 9:35 am

A restoration effort at the historic African Meeting House in Boston is getting a big boost courtesy of Wal-Mart.

The retail giant is donating $250,000 to the effort to restore the meeting house to its original 19th century glory.

African Meeting House

The African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill, both built in the early 1800’s, are two of the Museum of African American History’s most valuable assets. Located in what once was the heart of Boston’s 19th-century African American community, these buildings remain a showcase of black community organization and enduring testimony to black craftsmanship.

The first phase of historic restoration work was completed on the African Meeting House in 1987. Once a church, a school, a vital community meeting place, the African Meeting House is open to the public.

Renovations on the Abiel Smith School transformed the building into a first-class exhibit space with a gallery, classroom and museum store.

This historic space commemorates the history of African-Americans from slavery to the abolitionist movement, with a focus on the quest for educational equality.

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