The Robbins House – Concord’s African American History


Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian NMAAHC with the Robbins House

Saturday, September 24, 10AM-2PM




Our site is a 544 sq. ft. historic early 19th century house formerly inhabited by the first generation of descendants of formerly enslaved African American Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins, and by fugitive slave Jack Garrison.
Jack Garrison For Home Page


The stories of the occupants of The Robbins House reveal the ways in which this first generation of free Concord African Americans pursued independence and contributed to the antislavery movement
Map Square


We created a map of African American and antislavery history in Concord, MA.

Download the map and take a walking tour of the African American and Antislavery history sites in Concord.

News and Events
The Meeting House Lyceum IV: New England Town Hall Meeting
The Meeting House Lyceum III: A New Framework For Dialogue
A House Of My Own: Performance By Castle Of Our Skins
Traces Of The Trade: A Story From The Deep North

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Thursday, September 29, 7-9PM

The Meeting House Lyceum II: Poetry Reading

The Meeting House Lyceum II: Poetry Reading

Saturday, September 24, 2-4PM

The Grand Opening Of The Smithsonian NMAAHC Celebration
Making Visible The Invisible – Restoring Black Lives And History
People Of Concord Summer Lecture Series: From The Great Meadow To The Metropolis: Concord’s African-Americans In Antebellum Boston
Weekly Music At The Robbins House

Weekly Music at The Robbins House

Sundays through Aug 14th, 12:30-3:30 pm

Lyceum I: The Picnic At The Meeting House

Lyceum I: The Picnic at The Meeting House

Saturday, August 13, 12-2PM

The Meeting House At The Old Manse – Artist Sam Durant’s Pavilion For Racial Justice Dialogue

Robbins House Exhibit featured in the Concord Journal

“Welcome home, Ellen, you were lost to history,” Madison said July 28 to a crowd of Robbins House staffers and guests as twilight cast its final shadows on the property, located across the street from the Old North Bridge and Old Manse. Madison is co-founder and president of the board of the Robbins House, and she used a powerful phrase to sum up Ellen’s life – “a 19th century civil rights firebrand.”