Labor Day, Monday September 1st Begins Fall Schedule for Walking Tours
There will be a Black Heritage Trail walking tour on Monday, September 1st at 2 p.m. Please meet your Ranger at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street.
Things To Do
Black Heritage Trail
The Black Heritage Trail® explores the history of the 19th century free Black community of Boston. The trail consists of 14 sites and begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street. Self-guided tours can be conducted at any time, Monday through Sunday. Maps and site brochures can be obtained at the Abiel Smith School during site hours.
Ranger guided tours of the Black Heritage Trail® are conducted as follows:
Summer Season (May 26th, 2014-August 30th, 2014):Monday-Saturday; 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. Please call
Fall Season (September 1st, 2014-November 26th, 2014): Tuesday-Saturday; 2:00 p.m. tours are open to the public. Please call
Winter Season (November 27th, 2014 - TBD): No Ranger guided tours conducted.
Spring Season 2015 (TBD): Monday-Saturday; 2 p.m. tours are open to the public. Please call in advance to reserve a tour for groups of 5 or more people. Group Size Limit: 15 people.
Schedules are subject to change. Please call (617) 742-5415 for information and reservations.
The Museum of African American History
The Museum of African American History's Abiel Smith School and African Meeting House are open to the public year round, six days a week, Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. National Park Rangers are available there throughout the day for historic talks.
Throughout the year Boston African American National Historic site will be conducting specialized programs on a variety of topics relating to the African American community in Boston. For more information, please see our Events page.
NOTE: The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial is owned by the City of Boston, is located on the Boston Common and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The African Meeting House and the Abiel Smith School are owned by the Museum of African-American History. The Abiel Smith School is open to the public during site hours only and houses the National Park Service visitor area. All of the other sites on the Black Heritage Trail are privately owned and are not open to the public.
Did You Know?
By 1800 some 1,100 Black Bostonians made up one of the largest free African American communities in North America.