Beacon Hill Civic Association Community Corner

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass’

photographs at MAAH

Massachusetts was a hub of activism at the height of the abolitionist movement in the mid-1850s. Anyone interested in learning more about Frederick Douglass, one of the most famous activists with many ties in Boston, are encouraged to attend an exhibit of his photographs at the Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Beacon Hill.

The Picturing Frederick Douglass exhibit officially opened to the public in 2017 and has been extended throughout 2018. According to the Museum of African American History, this major exhibition of Douglass photographs, trace his visual journey from self-emancipated man to firebrand abolitionist to elder statesman. His visual and stylistic evolutions narrate a photographic autobiography across a half-century of history and show him reinventing himself, even as he sought to transform the country using photography as a tool of reform. The exhibit highlights his use of photography in a deliberate effort to elevate the image of the African American in contradiction to demeaning and inhumane depictions of black life often seen in the 18th and 19th centuries.

For more information about the exhibit and the museum itself, go to

Upcoming Meetings


Monday, March 12: BHCA Architecture Committee Meeting. 5 p.m.,

74 Joy Street

Monday, March 12: BHCA Board of Directors Meeting. 7 p.m., 74 Joy Street


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