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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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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 ...
by J. Blaine Hudson
Built in ¡806 with funds raised by the formerly enslaved Cato Gardner, the African Meeting House served as one of several centers of antislavery activism in the African American community of Boston, Massachusetts ...
Massachusetts 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 ...
by Larry G. Murphy, J. Gordon Melton, Gary L. Ward
Thatchurch wasat firstcalled "The African Meeting House" and laterdedicated as Evans Chapel in 1802.Itwas for many years remarkably and ironically biracial because ofthe powerful preachingand effectiveness ofthis Black preacher's appeal ...
An Encyclopedia of Places in American Popular Culture [3 volumes] by Gladys L. Knight
Boston pays homage to local African American history with its famous Black Heritage Trail, featuring sites and monuments such as the Museum of African American History, the African Meeting House, the first African American church in the ...
by Junius P. Rodriguez
like Boston's African Meeting House while angry, brick-throwing mobs chased behind them. Written accounts of resistance by ex-slaves worked in tandem with such oral presentations to defeat slavery. The autobiographies and memoirs of ...
An Encyclopedia by Linda S. Cordell, Kent Lightfoot, Francis McManamon, George Milner
AFRICAN MEETING HOUSE During the late eighteenth century, the neighborhood on the north slope of Beacon Hill was created and built by a freeblack community. Facing systematic racism in New England, the community established the ...
Vol. 2, D-G by William S. Powell
called it the "African meeting house.
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- African Meeting House
The African Meeting House in Boston, a national landmark (1806). Boston was home to one of the largest groups of free blacks in the early 19th century. However, blacks were still forbidden from sitting among whites in church. Thomas Paul, an African-American preacher, started Boston's first all-black worship services at Faneuil Hall. The service quickly became popular, and a meeting house was built to house the new congregation. The building became a symbol for abolitionists prior to the Civil War, and it became the home of the New England Anti-Slavery Society, which published The Liberator, a popular abolitionist paper. Frederick Douglass recuited black soldiers for the Civil War here.
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- African Meeting House
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- African Meeting House: Now an Office
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