Boston's Second 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 Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early struggle for equal rights and education.

Broadside of Slave Catchers in Boston

Boston: An Underground Railroad Hub

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

Ships in Boston Harbor

Maritime Underground Railroad in Boston

During the years preceding the American Civil War, Boston served as one of the most important stops on the Maritime Underground Railroad.

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

A Brave Black Regiment

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

Matt Teuten, Courtesy NPS/Boston African American NHS

Plan Your Visit

See what Boston African American National Historic Site has to offer. (NPS Photo/M.Teuten)

Ranger leading a talk at the African Meeting House

African Meeting House Talks

Join us for our Ranger talks at the African Meeting House and learn about the history of Boston's 19th century African American community.

Last updated: September 17, 2020

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Boston African American National Historical Site

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