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History Restored: The African Meting House | Boston, MA (part 5)

by Bridgit Brown

The Black Heritage Trail begins in the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. It also intersects, along the way, with the Boston Freedom Trail.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Beverly Morgan-Welch, and the staff of The Museum of African American History rededicated the newly restored African Meeting House. This was also the building’s 205th Anniversary.

As history states, Harriet Tubman, conductor of The Underground Railroad, which ran through Beacon Hill, spoke at the African Meeting House. William Lloyd Garrison spoke tongues of fire from its stage. “A Plea for Speech” by Frederick Douglass was uttered from a lectern on the stage there as well, and many others have and will continue to speak at the African Meeting House.

I was overwhelmed with great pride and joy when I finally saw the completed project. If my words stumbled on camera, it was because my tongue, literally, cleaved to the roof of my mouth in astonishment at the beauty of the place. Not only has history been restored. It was also made.

I thank Governor Deval Patrick, Senator John Kerry, Beverly A. Morgan-Welch, the dedicated staff at the Museum of African American History, and the public for their tenacious support of this project.

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Basic Black is produced live in WGBH's Studio B featuring a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally. A simultaneous live stream at www.basicblack.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.

Since 1968, Basic Black (formerly Say Brother) has reflected on the concerns and culture of African Americans through conversations, performances, and short-form documentaries. Basic Black captures the stories and events that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond.

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