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Interior view of the African Meeting House, Boston, Mass., undated

PC001.02.01.USMA.0340.7300.003 (RS1140)

Description

The pulpit, pews and balcony seats are shown in this image of the African Meeting House, located on Smith Court on Beacon Hill in Boston. The Meeting House was built in 1806 and is the oldest African meeting house in the United States. The building was built with funds raised by local community members, both white and black, but it was constructed almost entirely with black labor.

At the time of this photograph, the African Meeting House had become the home of Congregation Libavitz. Though the pews in the photograph are the original pews, the pulpit was no longer original to the building. "At the end of the 19th century, when the black community began to migrate from the West End to the South End and Roxbury, the building was sold to a Jewish congregation. It served as a synagogue until it was acquired by the Museum of African American History in 1972" (Museum of African American History website). For more information, see Old Time New England July 1942, v.33, no. 1, serial no. 109.

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Details

Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
PC001
Physical Description
1 photographic print : black-and-white
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 001140
AccessID: 1540
Other identifier: HNEDID-001140
GUSN
196113
Reference Code
PC001.02.01.USMA.0340.7300.003

Record details

Originator
Haskell, Arthur C. (Arthur Cushman), 1890-1968 (Photographer)
Other Organizations
Congregation Libavitz
Descriptive Terms
bemas
churches (buildings)
interior views
meeting houses (religious buildings)
pews
religious buildings
synagogues (buildings)
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Subjects
African Americans
Architectural photography
Joy Street (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Beacon Hill (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Places (Buildings)
African Meetinghouse (Boston, Mass.)
Location Note
Geo.: Large: Mass.: Boston: Smith Court: Unmounted

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