Visit The Robbins House

June, July & August: 11-4
(Closed Tuesdays)
September, October: 11-4
(Open Fri-Sun + Columbus Day)

320 Monument Street
Concord MA
(Located opposite the Old North Bridge)

(978) 254-1745

The Robbins House – Concord’s African American History

Welcome

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VISIT THE ROBBINS HOUSE

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

LEARN THE HISTORY

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

TAKE A WALKING TOUR

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

Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures Program— Patriots, Prejudice, And Protest: The Hidden Stories Of Concord’s Early African Americans

Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures Program— Patriots, Prejudice, and Protest: The Hidden Stories of Concord’s Early African Americans

At The Robbins House Sat. May 19 • 2:45–4:00 PM Our next stop, with time to travel, is the Robbins House, where Peter Robbins’ niece Ellen Garrison talks about being raised in 1820-30s Concord, and the antislavery activism that brought her from Boston to Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, Kansas, and California in pursuit of independence at a time of racial injustice.
Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures Program — Patriots, Prejudice, And Protest: The Hidden Stories Of Concord’s Early African Americans

Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures Program — Patriots, Prejudice, and Protest: The Hidden Stories of Concord’s Early African Americans

Sat. May 19 • 1:00–2:15 PM • Brister's Hill Meet at Hapgood Wright Town Forest Parking Lot Our program will begin at Brister’s Hill, named after Brister Freeman, a formerly enslaved man who was the second person of African descent to own land in Concord.
Transgressing The Color Line: Depictions Of Free Blacks In The Popular Press

Transgressing the Color Line: Depictions of Free Blacks in the Popular Press

Thursday, May 10 • 7:00-8:00 PM • Concord Museum Join writer and historian Jonathan Michael Square as he analyzes past images of free Africans Americans in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston that appeared in the popular press.
Interactive Workshop & Panel Discussion

Interactive Workshop & Panel Discussion

This symposium will take a critical look at the true nature of the Underground Railroad movement as it wove its way through the different avenues of old established New England towns, including oral history, African American cultural landscapes, archaeology, geography, and material culture.
CCHS Students Teach Elementary School Students About The Robbins House

CCHS Students Teach Elementary School Students about the Robbins House

This spring, a group of 6 students from the Rivers and Revolutions program, working with CCHS teacher and Robbins House board member Johanna Glazer, have been developing field trip curriculum that can be used by the Robbins House and the Concord Public Schools.
African Wrap Dolls At The Robbins House

African Wrap Dolls at The Robbins House

A group of 15 young children and their parents from the Middlesex County Jack and Jill organization enjoyed an afternoon at the Robbins House.
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