• Dedication of the Shaw Memorial 1897

    Boston African American

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

History & Culture

Learn more about the people and places on the North Slope of Beacon Hill associated with the struggle for equal rights both within the city of Boston and in the nation.

Information on Black Heritage Trail® sites can be found here.


Did You Know?


In 1783, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to officially abolish slavery, after two slaves, Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman and Qwok Walker, successfully sued in separate cases for their freedom.