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Black Heritage Trail


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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
+1 617-742-5415
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All reviews african americans underground railroad meeting house free tour frederick douglass beacon hill the national park service self guided tour shaw memorial american heritage state house civil war brick sidewalks excellent tour fascinating history beautiful walk couple of hours
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This free tour, given by the National Park Service, gives a great overview of the 19th century. Great history about the underground railroad and a great overview of the effects of the Civil War on Boston. Overall, a really good tour. Would recommend.

Thank AdventureEveryday
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a trail, marked or unmarked, but more of a route to show the interested person places and people which were important to the Abolitionist cause around Boston. We were very fortunate to latch onto an NPS tour which was highly informative. Even...More

Thank Gary D
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Interesting to learn the history of African Americans in Boston, especially in relation to Beacon Hill. The 54th regiment Memorial is directly across from the State House (think the movie Glory) so it’s easy to add this trail onto the Freedom Trail. The trail ended...More

1  Thank Kims2529
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

We gathered at the appointed hour of 13.00 at this the appointed place just by the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial which is in the corner of Beacon Hill Park just over the road from the State House. On this occasion this free tour was being...More

1  Thank Timsnapper
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

It's important to follow this trail for the history and appreciation of the African Americans of Boston. But Beacon Hill is charming and a joy to visit. Don't just do the Freedom Trail...

Thank Beatrice H
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Don’t waste your time looking for an unmarked trail. Go directly to the Charles Meeting House or Lewis and Harriet Hayden house. You can meet up with a guide who will guide you on a unmarked trail and share historical facts about the African-American struggle...More

Thank iluvluci2
Reviewed July 28, 2018

This was a great disappointment ! We had lots of time and so set out on this heritage trail but though the neighbourhoods through which we wandered were interesting (for us Brits) the complete lack of plaques or indeed any type of information en route...More

Thank Steve T
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

The one and half mile walking tour around Beacon Hill in Boston is spread between 54th regiment/R G Shaw memorial and Abiel Smith school. Halfway is the Charles street Meeting House and Lewis and Harriet Hayden house.

Thank Inam K
Reviewed July 1, 2018

The history of Boston is full of amazing stories about the African-American experience here, from slavery to the abolitionist movement and beyond. We learned how Massachusetts came to abolish slavery in 1783, but also how it set the precedent for "separate but equal". The tour...More

Thank grannyB
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

We did self-guided tour, picked up the map and info from the Abiel Smith School (oldest African-American school!), which is next door to the Meeting House-both should be entered. Each historic site on the trail was a powerful reminder of the amazing African Americans who...More

Thank travelpleasures
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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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April 13, 2018|
Response from JochenBuhler | Reviewed this property |
There is a huge tourist information at Boston Common