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Black Heritage Trail

14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
+1 617-742-5415
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Great guide, fascinating history

The history of Boston is full of amazing stories about the African-American experience here, from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
grannyB
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Boston MA
Powerful history in a beautiful walk

We did self-guided tour, picked up the map and info from the Abiel Smith School (oldest... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2018
travelpleasures
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New Jersey
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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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“meeting house” (7 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
Downtown
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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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

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Reviewed November 26, 2017

Having done the Freedom Trail a couple of times, I was interested in going on this trail. I went early on a Saturday morning. It isn't marked with bricks like the other trail, so you need a map to find the sites. There are some...More

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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

This trail is by far not as exciting as the freedom trail and should have been included in it. A few m in to this area is just sufficient to get an idea.

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Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

This runs off the heritage trail and is well worth the detour and time. It shows the importance of the early African Americans in the establishing of the country.

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Reviewed September 21, 2017

Really enjoyed this tour with Amelia as our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and had a real passion for her subject . I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Boston. An hour and a half well spent.

1  Thank spagirls2017
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Reviewed August 26, 2017

The tourist centre had lots of information about the Freedom Trail, but information about the Black Heritage Trail was hard to get. It's a shame because it's an important part of history that deserves to be heard. There was a good exhibition on, and the...More

1  Thank 38sally
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

Shawn Quigley was our tour guide and he was great! Nice personality and very knowledgeable. I loved hearing of the story of African American pioneers in Boston. I also liked that Shawn knew that it was a hot day, and he encouraged breaks in the...More

4  Thank AlexMcAttack
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Reviewed May 27, 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

1  Thank wader
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Reviewed May 27, 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
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