Join a Park Ranger from the National Parks of Boston to explore the rich history of Beacon Hill's 19th century Black community.
The Black Heritage 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.
This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. It begins across the street from the Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial in front of the Massachusetts State House and ends at the Museum of African American History, covering about 1.4 miles.
Tours are offered Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 11:30am. Reservations are required through Eventbrite.
The Park also offers virtual Black Heritage Trail® Tours for groups of 10 or more people. Please contact us for more information. These virtual tours are subject to availability and staffing.
The Black Heritage Trail® Tours typically lasts 1.5 hours.
This tour is best suited for individuals aged 8 and above.
Pets are allowed while walking through Beacon Hill. The Museum of African American History only allows service animals into its buildings.
Please visit our page on Accessibility to learn more about General Guidelines for Visitors with Service Animals.
This trail navigates a hill and consists of sharp inclines and small and uneven concrete sidewalks. Occasionally there are obstructions on the sidewalk that may be difficult to navigate around.
Last updated: August 23, 2021