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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




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.



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.



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

The Robbins House: History & Race

The Robbins House, a two-room farmhouse located near the North Bridge, invites us all to honor Concord’s African American History. This Concord Festival of Authors event features historians who authored…

Teaching Hard History Key Concept Videos

In these videos, scholars and historians explore the Key Concepts of the Teaching Hard History framework by discussing slavery’s impact on the lives of enslaved people in what is now the United States and the nation’s development around the institution.

The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project is a program organized by The New York Times with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th…

Introducing ‘1619,’ a New York Times Audio Series

Four hundred years ago, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. A new Times podcast examines the long shadow of that fateful moment.

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Robbins House

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Robbins House Saturday, June 15 th • 12:30-2:00 pm • The Robbins House. All ages are welcome to join us at the Robbins House for a celebration of the African American holiday, Juneteenth (a combination of the words June + nineteenth, and the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the US).

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Sunday, April 7th from 4-6pm • The Social Action Committee at TriCon Church (54 Walden St in Concord Center) will be hosting a community-wide screening of the one-hour PBS documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North followed by a one-hour discussion facilitated by Dain and Constance Perry.

We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies and The Art of Survival

Sunday, March 10 • 3:00 - 4:00 pm • The Concord Bookshop • Jabari Asim presents "We Can't Breathe" • Insightful and searing essays that celebrate the vibrancy and strength of black history and culture in America.

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Saturday, March 9th • 1:00-4:30 pm • First Parish in Concord • Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion of this film about the life and death of wrongfully arrested activist Sandra Bland in Texas.

Activities in the House

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…

Spotlight on… Black History Trails

Tracing the history of Massachusetts’ African American residents, from slavery to Black Lives Matter Tufts University professors and Robbins House Advisors Kendra Field and Kerri Greenidge have collaborated with students…

Concord Perspectives: The Garrison Men in Images and Objects

February 13, 2019 at the Concord Museum, Robbins House co-president Maria Madison moderated the Concord Museum's special look at Robbins House residents Jack and John Garrison, a father and son…

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