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Black Heritage Trail

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Address: 14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
Phone Number:
+1 617-742-5415
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's...

Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's 19th-century African-American history. Tthe Black Heritage Trail focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice. The tour's focus is on the years between 1783 when Massachusetts abolished slavery to 1865 when slavery was abolished nationwide after the Civil War.

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We went on a Black History Heritage Trail Tour. It is a free tour offered by the park Rangers, but you must register for it online. It starts at the Boston Commons in front of... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2016
Montreal, Canada

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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

We did this self-guided walking tour before starting the Freedom Trail and really enjoyed the look and feeling of the neighbourhood - the plaques at the various stops were however rather lacking in information, the same issue we have with the Freedom trail. Still, a nice way to spent about two hours!

1 Thank Tanya R
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

We went on a Black History Heritage Trail Tour. It is a free tour offered by the park Rangers, but you must register for it online. It starts at the Boston Commons in front of the monument of black soldiers (across from the state building) and ends at the museum. I went on this tour twice. The first time, on... More 

4 Thank travelandshop2014
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

This was a great way to see another side of Boston and learn some specular history. We took the Black History Trail walking tour around Boston and joined a motley bunch of tourist, all of us were a little uncertain about what to expect. We certainly got the unexpected; Boston's history of revolution, protest and change popped out of pavements,... More 

2 Thank 495pamelaf
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

A walking trip around Boston with sights and stop offs. Pop it on any itinerary for a couple of hours - see some lovely buildings

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Reviewed 17 July 2015

I was disappointed. We ended up arriving at the museum at 4 pm and could not get a guided tour. We walked the trail ourselves and quickly became bored looked at the outside of buildings. Thankfully we had the brochure and a Jr Ranger booklet to provide more background.

Thank penntrainer
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

This is an important part of American history and too few people spend time learning this part of our history. The park service ranger was incredibly knowledgeable and he took time explaining the intricacies of this time (mostly civil war and beyond, but some revolutionary war too) for people brought over from Africa as slaves. From the statue on the... More 

4 Thank Ricki H
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Reviewed 27 June 2015

This is a free tour conducted by the National Park Service and was excellent. Our park ranger, Emily was very informative and engaging as she took us through Beacon Hill and spoke at all sites, ending at the museum. I learned many facts, names and events - it was an enlightening experience.

4 Thank CKGNJ
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Reviewed 19 June 2015

We had heard a rumour of a guided tour of the black history trail, so we hung around outside the state house for a while and were approached by a lovely park ranger named Michael, who it turned out was our tour guide. The tour ended up being just the three of us and one other person, which was nice... More 

5 Thank Lex_Prstly
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Reviewed 20 November 2014

This tour is led by a national park ranger and there is no cost. It takes about two hours and is a walking tour through two or three neighborhoods near downtown Boston. The history, and information given by the ranger is entertaining and very informative.

4 Thank pixer1
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Reviewed 3 October 2014 via mobile

We did this trail on our own because we missed the tour. It was informative and fun to weave through the old streets of Beacon Hill. The area is visually fabulous and steeped in well preserved original historical detail. A great way to spend a few hours not only getting a feel for old Boston but learning about its Black... More 

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