Virtual Black Heritage Trail® Tour

Photograph of a cast iron gas lamp with a steel street sign with the words "Black Heritage Trail" and an arrow pointing ahead.
Signs mark the path of the physical Black Heritage Trail.

The Black Heritage Trail® is a 1.6 mile walk through the heart of Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood. The trail showcases residences and community buildings associated with a Black community that thrived on, and near, the north slope of Beacon Hill before, during, and after the American Civil War. Throughout that time, this community struggled and organized for equal rights and access to equal education. Community members championed the movement to abolish slavery and even housed freedom seekers on their journey along the Underground Railroad.

Most sites along the trail remain private residences. However, the final stops—the Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House—are part of the Museum of African American History which is open to the public.

For a full audio tour of the The Black Heritage Trail®, check out the Self Guided Tour in the NPS App.

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    Last updated: January 13, 2022

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