WGBH Openvault

Ten O'Clock News; African Meeting House


Carmen Fields reports on the restoration of the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. The Meeting House is the oldest African American church in the nation and it was gutted by fire in 1973. Interview with Philip Hart (Board of Directors, African Meeting House) and Ruth Batson (Director, African Meeting House). Hart talks about the significance of the Meeting House. Batson talks about plans for music, scholarly debate, and religious services at the Meeting House. Fields notes that a series of rededication programs will begin soon. Footage of construction workers and staff at the Meeting House and photographs documenting the history of African Americans in Boston.

License Clip

View online at the Boston TV News Digital Library

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Ten O'Clock News

African Meeting House

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


African Americans -- History
Church buildings
Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction
Construction workers
Beacon Hill (Boston, Mass.)
News Report
Fields, Carmen (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; African Meeting House,” 10/09/1987, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7F486E0340D245D9984E090EE2006AE3.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; African Meeting House.” 10/09/1987. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7F486E0340D245D9984E090EE2006AE3>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; African Meeting House. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7F486E0340D245D9984E090EE2006AE3
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.