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African meeting House
Where gatherings to campaign against slavery in the 19th century were held, the African Meeting House is the island’s most vivid reminder of a thriving nineteenth-century African American maritime community. Erected c. 1820s by trustees, including Captains Edward Pompey and Absalom Boston, an entrepreneur and whaler, it is the only public building still in existence that was constructed and occupied by blacks during the 19th century. The Meeting House served as a church, gathering place, and first school for African American children on Nantucket. The Museum now presents cultural programs and interpretive exhibits on the history of blacks on Nantucket.
Seneca boston-Florence higginbotham house
The Boston-Higginbotham House on Nantucket is considered the oldest home still standing in America that was built by a free black family for their own occupancy (c. 1774). It is where Seneca Boston, former enslaved weaver, and his wife, a Wampanoag Native American named Thankful Micah, raised their family, including sons Freeborn and Absalom, the well-known whaling captain. Florence Higginbotham, son Wilhelm and family saved the Meeting House and the Boston-Higginbotham House, and provided the opportunity for the Museum to begin sharing the island’s unique and powerful stories.
Address: 29 York Street, Five Corners Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone: (617) 725-0022, ext. 222 or (508) 228-8833
Open July and August:
Monday - Friday 11 am - 3 pm;
Saturday 11 am - 1 pm; Sunday 1 - 3 pm
September - June: By Appointment