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Visit the Black Heritage Trail in Boston

 Black Heritage Trail in Boston features fascinating history
Black Heritage Trail in Boston features fascinating history
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The city of Boston has much to offer visitors during Black History Month. One of the most compelling places to visit during the month of February and all year round is The Black Heritage Trail, located in the Beacon Hill area of downtown Boston.

The Boston African American National Historic Site offers free public Ranger guided tours of the Black Heritage Trail® Monday through Saturday at 2 p.m. A popular tour for school groups is the morning tour which runs from 10 a.m. and 12 noon. These tours are available for groups by appointment only, with 24 hour advance notice, subject to availability.

This is a walking tour along the cobble stoned city streets of Boston's Beacon Hill so appropriate footgear is recommended. Larger tour groups should call ahead for reservations at (617) 742-5415. Days and hours of operations and tours are subject to change

Self-guided tours can be conducted at any time. Maps and site brochures can be obtained at the Abiel Smith School during site hours. Winter Season (Labor Day - Memorial Day).

Black Heritage Trail explores history of 19th century black community of Boston

The Black Heritage Trail explores the history of the 19th century free Black community of Boston, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT). The trail includes 14 sites and begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street.

Many locals and visitors may not know that Boston was once a stop on the Underground Railway. The Black Heritage Trail offers great insight into this aspect og black history as it traces the stops along the Underground Railway in Boston and makes stops at the historic sites related to African American Heritage in Boston.

For more information about the Black Heritage Trail in Bioston and how to arrange a tour, visit the tour site

There are many ways to observe Black History Month in Boston and Massachusetts. For a complete list and daily updates visit


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