African Meeting House

Visitor Information

29 York Street
Nantucket , Massachusetts

Phone: 617-725-0022

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: Fifty percent discount on regular public tours: one adult for individual Members; two adults and all children under 18 years of age in the immediate family for all other Members. Discount does not apply to other programs and cannot be combined with other offers.

The African Meeting House is the only public structure remaining on the island that is identifiably central to the history of the African community of the 18th and 19th centuries. This meeting house was the centerpiece of Nantucket Island's free African-American community during the height of the whaling industry in the 19th century.

The small post-and-beam building dates from about 1827, when it was a church, a school for African children, and a meeting house. This once-segregated community, south of Nantucket Town, touched the lives of escaped slaves, Native Americans, Cape Verdeans, Quakers, educators, and abolitionists. The African Meeting House is owned and operated by the Museum of African American History.

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