African Meeting House
By the beginning of the 19th century, Boston had one of the largest communities of free blacks in North America. This meeting house was built in 1806 for the congregation of the African Baptist Church. It is the oldest African-American church in the United States. In the years before the Civil War, the meeting house was a place where people came together to voice their anger about slavery and to call for its end. The famous abolitionist, Frederick Douglass spoke here.