• Dedication of the Shaw Memorial 1897

    Boston African American

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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  • Shaw Memorial Restoration and Fall Tours

    We are now in our Fall Tour Season. Black Heritage Trail tours depart at 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday from behind the Shaw Memorial as it undergoes restoration.

Our Partners

The Museum of African American History, Boston

The Museum of African American History is New England's largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved four historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century.

For more information on the Museum of African American History, please visit their website.


Beacon Hill Scholars, Inc.

The Beacon Hill Scholars is a diverse group of individuals who seek to research, preserve, and interpret the history associated with the free African American Community that once thrived on Beacon Hill in the early 19th Century.

As a group, they enhance efforts to continue building upon the ongoing mission and inspiration begun by that earlier community - to foster justice, equality, and social and economic responsibility.

More information on the Beacon Hill Scholars and their work is available on their website.

Did You Know?

Attorney John Rock

Abolitionist/ Doctor/ Lawyer John S. Rock called the North Slope of Beacon Hill home. Rock became the first African American permitted to practice law in front of the Supreme Court in 1865.