JP Resident Named Administrator for Museum of African-American History’s Inaugural Book Award

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Jamaica Plain resident Pamela D. Waterman has been named Book Award Administrator for the inaugural Museum of African-American History (MAAH) Stone Book Award, which will honor non-fiction literature that celebrates African American history and culture.

The award, which includes a $25,000 prize, will be presented in the summer of 2018 at the African Meeting House in Boston, a National Historic Landmark, and one of MAAH’s properties. The winning title will be selected by a panel of judges that will include respected historians, authors and academicians. Waterman will serve as staff liaison for both the book award committee and jury and will oversee the nomination process as well as event logistics.

According to Museum Executive Director Marita Rivero, Waterman’s background in literature and project management makes her well suited to her new role. “Pam brings energy, experience and enthusiasm to her new position. We value her ideas and insights and welcome her contributions to this new and important initiative,” said Rivero.

In addition to her work with the MAAH, Waterman serves as a Project Director at Harvard University at the T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences where, for almost 20 years, she has contributed to a series of scientific studies focusing on health inequities, racial discrimination, and methods for monitoring and measuring socioeconomic gradients in health.

The co-author of over 45 scientific publications, Waterman earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Baruch College in New York City, and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

About the Museum of African American History
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. For more information, visit