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
Making Visible The Invisible – Restoring Black Lives And History

Making Visible the Invisible – Restoring Black Lives and History

In partnership with Concord Museum and Robbins House This program focuses on two exemplary late 18th-early 19th century Black Concordians, Thomas Dugan, successful yeoman farmer, and Ellen Garrison, educator and activist. How do we know what we know about them?…

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…

Fun Friday

Fun Friday

Meet Ellen Garrison and play children's games. Signing Petitions Signing petitions sent by Concord children to President Lincoln in 1864 to “free all slave children” together with Lincoln’s response – old fashioned pens and ink are supplied so visitors can…