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Juneteenth Re-Opening of The Robbins House!
June 19-September 6: Open 6 days/wk (closed Tuesdays)
September 10-October 31: Open Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays & Indigenous
Peoples’ Day Monday Oct. 11 th
From 11 am – 4 pm
Six visitors allowed inside the Robbins House at a time
Masks required by visitors until further notice

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

Juneteenth Re-Opening of The Robbins House!

Six visitors allowed inside the Robbins House at a time

Masks required by visitors until further notice



The Robbins House 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 the first generations of free Concord African Americans pursued independence and contributed to the antislavery movement and abolitionist causes.



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.


The Life of Ellen Garrison
6:30 min

Reconstruction Part 1: The Johnson Presidency
19:50 min

Reconstruction Part 2: The Grant Presidency
8:32 min

Reconstruction Part 3: The Legacy
14:39 min

Black Abolitionists
15:05 min


These projects were made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant # MH-00-17-0030

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Concord’s Ellen Garrison Jackson, Fighter for Freedom during Reconstruction: What did she accomplish?

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Free Blacks from the Revolutionary War – Civil War: How free were free people of color?

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