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Black Heritage Trail

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Address: 14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
Phone Number:
+1 617-742-5415
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's...

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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We went on a Black History Heritage Trail Tour. It is a free tour offered by the park Rangers, but you must register for it online. It starts at the Boston Commons in front of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 April 2016
Montreal, Canada

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

We went on a Black History Heritage Trail Tour. It is a free tour offered by the park Rangers, but you must register for it online. It starts at the Boston Commons in front of the monument of black soldiers (across from the state building) and ends at the museum. I went on this tour twice. The first time, on... More 

4 Thank travelandshop2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

This was a great way to see another side of Boston and learn some specular history. We took the Black History Trail walking tour around Boston and joined a motley bunch of tourist, all of us were a little uncertain about what to expect. We certainly got the unexpected; Boston's history of revolution, protest and change popped out of pavements,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

A walking trip around Boston with sights and stop offs. Pop it on any itinerary for a couple of hours - see some lovely buildings

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

I was disappointed. We ended up arriving at the museum at 4 pm and could not get a guided tour. We walked the trail ourselves and quickly became bored looked at the outside of buildings. Thankfully we had the brochure and a Jr Ranger booklet to provide more background.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

This is an important part of American history and too few people spend time learning this part of our history. The park service ranger was incredibly knowledgeable and he took time explaining the intricacies of this time (mostly civil war and beyond, but some revolutionary war too) for people brought over from Africa as slaves. From the statue on the... More 

4 Thank Ricki H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

This is a free tour conducted by the National Park Service and was excellent. Our park ranger, Emily was very informative and engaging as she took us through Beacon Hill and spoke at all sites, ending at the museum. I learned many facts, names and events - it was an enlightening experience.

4 Thank CKGNJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

We had heard a rumour of a guided tour of the black history trail, so we hung around outside the state house for a while and were approached by a lovely park ranger named Michael, who it turned out was our tour guide. The tour ended up being just the three of us and one other person, which was nice... More 

5 Thank Lex_Prstly
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

This tour is led by a national park ranger and there is no cost. It takes about two hours and is a walking tour through two or three neighborhoods near downtown Boston. The history, and information given by the ranger is entertaining and very informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2014 via mobile

We did this trail on our own because we missed the tour. It was informative and fun to weave through the old streets of Beacon Hill. The area is visually fabulous and steeped in well preserved original historical detail. A great way to spend a few hours not only getting a feel for old Boston but learning about its Black... More 

9 Thank MJLAustralia
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

This tour is all about the abolitionist movement in Boston and how it intertwines with the history of the black people (African Americans) living in Boston. The ranger is very very knowledgeable and can answer questions. The tour ends at the former African American Church/meeting house which is now part of a museum. Highly recommended.

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