Racist Graffiti Found on Historic African Meeting House in Nantucket

African Meeting House at the Museum of African American History, Nantucket (image via Flickr user Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)

Last weekend, a historic Nantucket building where African Americans once learned and prayed was vandalized with racist graffiti. As locals come together to express their dismay and solidarity, the police are still looking for leads.

The African Meeting House on Nantucket, which once functioned as a schoolhouse and a church on the Massachusetts island, was erected in the 1820s by the African Baptist Society. It once was a gathering place for the black community that lived, thanks to segregation, south of Nantucket Town, and it was also open to escaped slaves, Native Americans, Quakers, and educators and abolitionists of any race.

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