Place

Smith Court Residences

Series of dwellings with clapboard siding and yellow paint. Black shutters on windows.
Residences opposite the African Meeting House.

NPS Photo

Quick Facts
Location:
3, 5, 7, 7A, and 10 Smith Court
Significance:
Residences were home to various abolitionists and include sites on the Underground Railroad.
Designation:
Black Heritage Trail Site
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
No
MANAGED BY:
Private Residence

The six homes that comprise the Smith Court Residences housed multiple families and boarders and provide a window into the family life, occupations, and activism of African Americans in 1800sĀ Boston. For example, clothing dealer James Scott as well as historian and education activist William Cooper Nell lived at 3 Smith Court. Both sheltered freedom seekers at this Underground Railroad safe house.

**Historic homes on the Black Heritage TrailĀ® are private residences and not open to the public. Please respect the privacy of homeowners.

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Smith Court Residences - Boston African American National Historic Site

Boston African American National Historic Site

Last updated: January 8, 2023