Prize Will Honor Non-Fiction Literature Celebrating African American History, Culture

 Boston, Mass. —Boston’s Museum of African American History today announced the creation of an award which will honor non-fiction literature that celebrates African American history and culture. The first Museum of African American History (MAAH) Stone Book Award, which includes a $25,000 prize, will be presented in the summer of 2018 at the African Meeting House in Boston, a designated National Historic Landmark, and one of MAAH’s properties. The winning title will be selected by a panel of judges which will include respected historians, authors and academicians. 

The award was established in partnership with longtime benefactor, the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation whose mission is to promote a more knowledgeable and inclusive society with an emphasis on education, science, mitigation of economic inequality, biodiversity, and urban sustainability. Cathleen Douglas Stone currently serves as the MAAH board chair.

According to Marita Rivero, the Museum’s Executive Director, the award will underscore the often unrecognized historic importance of the African American experience and its impact here in the United States and around the globe. “Like our collection and our many programs and exhibits, the MAAH Stone Book Award will showcase and commemorate the contributions of generations of African Americans in New England and beyond. This exciting new initiative has the potential to grow and change in the years to come.”


New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. The Museum’s extensive collection of fine art, artifacts and archeological treasures provides the foundation for its many programs and exhibits which tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century. The Museum is home to two historic properties on Boston’s Beacon Hill, the African Meeting House and the Abiel Smith School.  In addition, the MAAH also owns five historic properties on Nantucket. MAAH offerings include Black Heritage Trails® located in Boston and on Nantucket. Exhibits, programs, and educational activities showcase the powerful stories of black families who worshipped, educated their children, debated the issues of the day, produced great art, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom.


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