Black Heritage Trail Walking Tours
Black Heritage Trail is a 1.6-mile walking tour that explores the history of Bostonís 19th century African American community who primarily lived on the north slope of Beacon Hill.
Learn from interpreters how this community struggled and organized for equal rights and access to equal education. Community members championed the movement to abolish slavery and even housed freedom seekers on their journey along the Underground Railroad.
Registration is required for this approximately 90 minute-tour. It begins across the street from the Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial in front of the Massachusetts State House and ends at the Museum of African American History, covering about 1.4 miles.
The National Park Service located at 46 Joy Street also offers free guided tours and brochures for self-guided exploration of the Black Heritage Trail.
Self guided tours are available year round, and guided tours are available by special appointment: 617.742.5415.
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Fourteen historic sites* are included, among them are former residences, schools, businesses, churches of this thriving black community as well as several stations on the Underground Railroad, along which escaped slaves fled from the South to freedom in the North and in Canada.
The historic homes on the Trail are private residences and are not open to the public. Guests can enter the Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House.
Free | 90 minutes |
46 Joy Street, Boston, MA map
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