Mass. anti-slavery hub to reopen after restoration

BOSTON (AP) ? The African Meeting House, where prominent abolitionists railed against slavery in the 19th century, is set to reopen to visitors in Boston early next month after a six-year, $9 million restoration.

The nation’s oldest black church building was constructed in 1806 and is a national historic landmark.

The head of the Museum of African American History, Beverly Morgan-Welch, calls it the most important black national historic landmark in the country. It was where the New England Anti-Slavery Society was formed and the famed all-black 54th Civil War regiment first took shape.

Morgan-Welch says the three-story brick building in the Beacon Hill neighborhood was restored to match its 19th-century character, even retaining the original wooden floorboards in the sanctuary.

Funding for the project included $4 million in federal stimulus money.