African Meeting House  

The African Meeting House project is a collaborative undertaking with the Museum of African American History (MAAH). The Meeting House was constructed in 1806 and served as the center for Boston’s free African American community for most of the 19th century. As part of the preparation for the bicentennial celebration in 2006, the MAAH is initiating an important building restoration and improvement project. UMass Boston’s 2005 archaeological excavations around the Meeting House documented the archaeological deposits and recovered artifacts in areas slated for disturbance by the restoration work. Undergraduate and graduate students from UMass Boston carried out most of the fieldwork, assisted by undergraduate participants in the Center’s NSF-supported Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.


African Meeting House Technical Report (47.7 MB)

African Meeting House Public Archaeology Booklet (4 MB)