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Profile view of an African American soldier from the Shaw Memorial, cast in bronze.

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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.

Ranger at the Shaw Memorial

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.

No feesThere is no fee to explore the Black Heritage Trail.®

Ranger Programs Ranger led programming and tours available seasonally.

Accessibility 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.

Sign pointing to the entrance of the Museum of African American History

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.

FeesThere is an admission fee to visit this site.

Ranger Programs Ranger talks available daily inside the African Meeting House. Available upon museum entry.

AccessibilityThe museum is accessible via a chair lift and elevators.

Website Visit the Museum of African American History Website.,

Last updated: February 11, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

15 State Street
Boston African American National Historical Site

Boston, MA 02109


(617) 742-5415

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