Boston African American National Historic Site

  • Also Known As: Museum of Afro American History
  • Historically Known As: Abiel Smith School

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Centered on the north slope of Beacon Hill, the free African American community of 19th century Boston led the city and the nation in the fight against slavery and injustice. These remarkable men and women, together with their white allies, were leaders in Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early struggle for equal rights and education. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1835/00/00 Richard Upjohn Architect
1987/00/00 African Meeting House restoration completed


George and Susan Hillard House

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Particulars for Boston African American National Historic Site:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Cultural Affiliation Black American
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Owner Federal
Architectural Style Federal Style
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Multiple dwelling
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Religious Property
Historic Use School
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 80004396
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Federal
Nominator Name: National Historic Site
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Black, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Commemorative property, Religious property
Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1805, 1835
Historic Function: Education, Domestic, Religion
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure, Single dwelling, School, Multiple dwelling
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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