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African Meeting House


The African Meeting House, also known variously as First African Baptist Church, First Independent Baptist Church and the Belknap Street Church, was built in 1806 and is now the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States. It is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, adjacent to the African American Abiel Smith School. It is a National Historic Landmark.

  • also known as African Meetinghouse; First African Baptist Church; African Baptist Church Society; African Meeting House, Boston
  • part of Boston, Massachusetts

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Google previewMassachusetts Encyclopedia (2008)

by Jennifer Herman

AFRICAN MEETING HOUSE The oldest black church in the United States is the African Meeting House located in Boston.

The African Meeting House was restored in 1987, and since 1964, it has served as a museum of African American ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Society (2005)

by Gerald D. Jaynes

Between 1805 and 1848, African Americans in Boston had established four separate churches; two were Baptist (including the African Meeting House), and two were African Methodist. Prior to the establishment of these churches, blacks had ...

Google previewNegro Year Book and Annual Encyclopedia of the Negro (1922)

The African Meeting House, the first Negro church in Boston and in New England organized. The building for this church which is said to have been erected entirely by Negro labor, was in Smith Court, off Belknap Street. It is now known as the ...

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