Abiel Smith School Tour

Abiel Smith School Tour

Thursday February 24, 2011 at 12 pm
46 Joy Street, Boston MA
Free admission for first 10 BAC students who email Becky Anderson.

The Abiel Smith School commemorates the history of African Americans from slavery through the abolitionist movement, with a focus on the quest for educational equality. Here in the first building in the nation built for the sole purpose of serving as a public school for black children.

In 1787, Prince Hall petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for African American access to the public school system but was denied. Eleven years later, after petitions by the black parents for separate schools were also denied, black parents organized a community school in the home of Primus Hall, Prince Hall's son, on the corner of West Cedar and Revere Streets on Beacon Hill.  Not until the 1820s did the city government establish two primary schools for black children.

Learn more about the Abiel Smith School here.  This event is sponsored by The Office of Student Development.