Welcome to Boston African American National Historic Site
Join us for a walk along the Black Heritage Trail® which explores the history of the African American community in 19th century Boston. Learn about the Underground Railroad, the abolition movement, and the early struggles for civil rights.
Black Heritage Trail®
The Black Heritage Trail® is an approximately 1.5 mile long trail linking sites that explore the trials of the free black community which inhabited the North Slope of Beacon Hill from the late 18th century through the 19th century. Self guided tours can be taken anytime or join us for a ranger guided tour in the spring and summer.
There is no fee to explore the Black Heritage Trail.®
Ranger led programming and tours available seasonally.
The trail is accessible, however visitors are advised to proceed with caution over uneven sidewalks and to take caution when crossing streets.
For information on programs offered today by the National Parks of Boston, please visit our calendar.
Museum of African American History
46 Joy Street, Boston, MA
The Museum of African American History, located in the former Abiel Smith School, allows visitors to further enrich their understanding of Boston's Black History. We work in partnership with the museum to provide historic talks and programs in the African Meeting House year-round.
There is an admission fee to visit this site.
Ranger talks available daily inside the African Meeting House. Available upon museum entry.
The museum is accessible via a chair lift and elevators.
Last updated: February 11, 2020