Centered on the north slope of Beacon Hill, the free African American community of 19th century Boston led the city and the nation in the fight against slavery and injustice. These remarkable men and women, together with their white allies, were leaders in Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early struggle for equal rights and education.
Black Heritage Trail
The Black Heritage Trail® explores the history of the 19th century free Black community of Boston. The trail consists of 14 sites and begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street. Self-guided tours can be conducted at any time, Monday through Sunday. Maps and site brochures can be obtained at the Abiel Smith School during site hours.
Summer Season (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day
Weekend):Monday-Saturday; 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. Please call
24 hours in advance to reserve a tour for groups of 5 people or more. Group Size Limit: 15 people
Fall and Spring Season (Labor Day Weekend - November 24th; March 18th - Memorial Day Weekend): Monday-Saturday; 2:00 p.m. tours are open to the public. Please call 24 hours in advance to reserve a tour for groups of 5 people or more. Group Size Limit: 15 people