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Black Heritage Trail

14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
+1 617-742-5415
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The Robert Gould-Shaw Memorial is a stop along the Freedom Trail right at the edge of the Boston... read more

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Elk Grove, California
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Was looking forward to this tour, but we waited at the designated meeting point for 2PM and no one... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Chilliwack, Canada
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Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's 19th-century African-American history. Tthe Black Heritage Trail focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice. The tour's focus is on the years between 1783 when Massachusetts abolished slavery to 1865 when slavery was abolished nationwide after the Civil War.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
+1 617-742-5415

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Robert Gould-Shaw Memorial is a stop along the Freedom Trail right at the edge of the Boston Commons. There was a park ranger giving a talk to some school kids so we were able to catch a little bit of the history of the...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Was looking forward to this tour, but we waited at the designated meeting point for 2PM and no one showed up. I will say their website does not seem to be clear with what days the tour operates etc. But it was a Tuesday and...More

Thank wader
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

A lot of history and a very nice walk up and dowb the hilly side of Boston. Beautiful architecture and small streets provide a unique experience and glimpse into the past.

Thank PortlandRoss
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend this tour! I just did the tour recently. A young college student did lead it. She was absolutely awesome! Her background was in African American studies so she was very knowledgeable. It lasted circa two and a half hours and showed most...More

1  Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We had done the Freedom Trail on a previous visit and wanted to give this one a go. Takes you through Beacon Hill, which I think is the most attractive area of Boston, and you use the app or a map to follow a short...More

1  Thank Dalkeith1
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Very easy to follow directions, wonderful buildings to look at and enjoy, the whole are is steeped in history and has a friendly and welcoming feel.

Thank catsarecool372
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

You can easily tag this on to the Freedom Trail if you want and definitely worth it. The tour takes you through the beautiful back streets of Beacon Hill. Even if you don't want to see the museum or are particularly interested in this part...More

Thank Bandyrobs
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

A great walk around beacon hill. Make sure you have a look at the museum. Really informative and lovely walk through some of the best streets in boston.

Thank LA52014
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Had an excellent 1hour walk with a free tour organised by the National Parks. Very informative and interesting as it tells you a lot about the history of the African-American struggles in history. Walks are in the Beacon Hill area, up and down some slops....More

1  Thank sowmai
Reviewed 17 August 2016

I've wanted to do this tour for years and it did not disappoint! Our guide for the 2:00 tour (Amelia) happened to be a volunteer, and she was fantastic. Tons of fascinating information, encompassing American history from 1638 to present day. If you're burned out...More

1  Thank Snappy B
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with
historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through
one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston
Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling
statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
children and eager tourists through the pond. Have
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