• 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.


Volunteers leading the March of Courage

Volunteers play an integral role at Boston African American National Historic Site. Important volunteer groups such as the Beacon Hill Scholars help with research and planning special events such as our annual March of Women's Courage held every October honoring the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call our Volunteer-in-Parks Program Office at (617) 242-5222. You may also send an email directly to our Program Coordinator at e-mail us.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Know?

Sgt. William Carney of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment and the Boston African American NHS logo

The first African American recipient of the Medal of Honor was William Carney in 1900. Carney was a member of the famous Massachusetts 54th Regiment, and was honored with the medal for his valor at the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863.