1772 Foundation Grantee Listed among Most Endangered Historic Sites
Abyssinian Meeting House is One of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places
The Abyssinian Meeting House, located in Portland, Maine appears on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2013 list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places. Built in 1828 by free black residents, the Meeting House was the cultural center of Portland’s African-American community over the course of the nineteenth century. It also served as a school and was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
In 1998, 170 years after its construction, the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House purchased the vacant building, which is the third oldest African-American meeting house in the country. Since 2008, The 1772 Foundation has awarded the restoration committee four grants, totaling $160,000.