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Location: 46 Joy St.
Built in 1806, the meeting house was the home of the African Baptist Church, formed a year earlier by the Rev. Thomas Paul. William Lloyd Garrison formed the influential New England Anti-Slavery Society there and abolitionists including Frederick Douglass, Maria Stewart, Wendell Phillips, and Sarah Grimke gave speeches in the house. The house was also used as a recruitment headquarters for the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the unit of black soldiers who fought in the Civil War. It is the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States.
The African Meeting House is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.