Just because February is almost over, however, doesn't mean that you couldn't continue to explore African-American history in our fair city. For example, beginning March 17 and continuing through late November, the National Park Service will offer daily (Sunday excluded) ranger-guided tours of the Black Heritage Trail. The 90-minute tours are free and take visitors on a journey in the footsteps of important historical figures such as Frederick Douglas and William Lloyd Garrison. Stops include sites such as the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial and the Abiel Smith School.
You could also visit the Museum of African American History on Beacon Hill. Located on the site of the African Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, the museum showcases Boston's 19th-century African-American community. Through the end of March 2014, the museum is presenting "Freedom Rising," an exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It also honors the first black troops from the North to serve in the Civil War, including Massachusetts' 54th "Glory" Regiment.
Photo: Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. National Park Service.