Boston's Continuing Revolution

Centered on the north slope of Beacon Hill, the African American community of 19th century Boston led the city and the nation in the fight against slavery and injustice. These remarkable men and women, together with their allies, were leaders in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early struggle for equal rights and education.

View of the end of a wharf with harbor in the background; on the right is a rectangular wayside.

Middle Passage Port Marker Dedication

Watch the live stream of the Middle Passage Port Marker Dedication Ceremony on August 29, 2021.

Close up view of bronze high relief sculpture of a civil war officer on horseback

Plan Your Visit

See what Boston African American National Historic Site has to offer. (Matt Teuten photo)

An African American Ranger standing outside of a brick house speaking to a group of students.

Walk the Black Heritage Trail®

Join a Park Ranger and hear stories about the activism and community of the Black neighborhood on Beacon Hill.

Diagonal view of shaded street of Beacon Hill with townhouses and a partial view of the sidewalk.

Virtual Black Heritage Trail® Tour

Explore the sites of the Black Heritage Trail® virtually.

Digital map pins overlaid on an old map titled The City of Boston an Underground Railroad Hub

Boston: An Underground Railroad Hub

Discover Boston’s long history as a center of Underground Railroad activity.

Print of Union soldiers storming the walls of Fort Wagner and fighting Confederate soldiers.

A Brave Black Regiment

Learn the stories of the men who served in the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment, a brave Black regiment of the Civil War.

Last updated: September 10, 2021

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Mailing Address:

15 State Street
Boston African American National Historical Site

Boston , MA 02109


617 742-5415

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