The Robbins House – Concord’s African American History




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.
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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
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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
People Of Concord Summer Lecture Series: From The Great Meadow To The Metropolis: Concord’s African-Americans In Antebellum Boston

People of Concord Summer Lecture Series: From the Great Meadow to the Metropolis: Concord’s African-Americans in Antebellum Boston

August 16 @7:00 pm Throughout his Journals, Thoreau occasionally mentions his encounters with Concord’s African-American families--people he once referred to as “outcasts.” But many of these outcast Concord residents were in fact deeply immersed in a wider, metropolitan world. Drawing…

Lyceum I: The Picnic

Lyceum I: The Picnic

Speakers: Nina LaNegra, Fulani This event deals with food culture as a means to start a willing dialogue of healing. As participants eat from a menu of traditional African American dishes, speakers will comment on the history of the food,…

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

The Meeting House at The Old Manse – Artist Sam Durant’s Pavilion for Racial Justice Dialogue

The Trustees of Reservations/The Old Manse August 13th – October 16th Construction is nearing completion in the North Field near the Old Manse for artist Sam Durant’s exhibit, The Meeting House, resembling the Robbins House unfolded on the ground, that…

Weekly Music At The Robbins House

Weekly Music at The Robbins House

July 3 @12:30 pm Sundays through Aug 14th, 12:30-3:30 pm Grab your picnic blanket, and get ready to relax! On Sundays, starting June 26th and running until mid-August, live music will be performed at the Robbins House from 12:30-3:30 pm…

People Of Concord Summer Lecture Series: “A Lady Of Much Wit And Genius”: Mary Moody Emerson In Concord

People of Concord Summer Lecture Series: “A Lady of Much Wit and Genius”: Mary Moody Emerson in Concord

July 26 @7:00 pm Born in Concord, Mary Moody Emerson (1774-1863) grew up in near by Malden, Massachusetts, but her connection to her native town remained close throughout her life. The aunt of Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Emerson was…

Ellen Tested Our Nation’s First Civil Rights Bill

Ellen Tested our Nation’s First Civil Rights Bill

Robbins House Humanities Director Elon Cook visited Baltimore’s President Street train station in costume, where Ellen Garrison defended her right to sit in the ladies’ waiting room on May 7, 1866. The Civil Rights Bill of 1866, enacted on April 9th, was the first US federal law to define citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected – it was mainly intended to protect the civil rights of African Americans in the wake of the Civil War.