Boston's Continuing Revolution

Centered on the north slope of Beacon Hill, the African American community of 1800s 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.

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Join us for a Black Heritage Trail Tour!

Register in advance for this tour to explore the rich history of Beacon Hill's 19th century Black community.

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Plan Your Visit

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

View of the red brick African Meeting House behind spring blooms from a tree
🔊 Black Heritage Trail® Audio Tour

Listen to the stories of the Black Heritage Trail® while walking Beacon Hill, or from home!

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🔊 Underground Railroad in Boston Tour

Through this self-guided audio tour, hear about Boston's role in the Underground Railroad.

Silhouettes against a bird's eye map of 19th century city buildings
🔊 Women of Beacon Hill Audio Tour

Explore and listen to the stories of the inspiring women who lived and made a difference in the Beacon Hill community.

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: June 11, 2024

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Mailing Address:

15 State Street
Boston African American National Historical Site

Boston, MA 02109


617 429-6760

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