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.
Photos & Multimedia
Our new photo galleries offer images of the significant historical monuments and buildings at our site, as well as pictures from our special events and programs.
The Boston African American National Historic Site is proud to introduce its new series of podcasts. Please listen to our new mp3 files to learn more about the tours we offer at our site and some of the notable places and figures from Beacon Hill's free black community in the 19th century.
Black Heritage Trail®. Hear about the most popular tour at the Boston African American National Historic Site, which takes visitors through North side of Beacon Hill and introduces them to the challenges and triumphs faced by the free black community of 19th century Boston.
Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. Learn more about one of the most significant historical sites here in Boston. This podcast provides information on the history of the 54th Regiment, as well as some insights about the monument dedicated in its honor.
Charles Street Meeting House. Hear about one of the hidden stories of our site, the Charles Street Meeting House. One of our park guides will tell you about the role that the Meeting House played in the struggle for integration in Boston during the 19th century.
George Middleton House. Listen to one of our park guides discuss one of the oldest sites on the Black Heritage Trail®, the George Middleton House. In this podcast you will learn about George Middleton's contributions during the American Revolution, as well as the history of Beacon Hill's African American community in the Early Republic.
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.