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Black Heritage Trail

The Black Heritage Trail is a 1.6-mile walking tour that explores the history of Boston’s 19th century African American community who primarily lived on the north slope of Beacon Hill.

Video: The Black Heritage Trail


It is the largest collection of historic sites relating to life within a free Black community prior to the Civil War. Trail highlights include the 54th Regiment Memorial and the African Meeting House.

Video: African Meeting House


Video: The Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial Partnership - Signing Ceremony



The National Park Service located at 46 Joy Street offers free guided tours and brochures for self-guided exploration.

Free | 90 minutes | As seasonally scheduled and also available by special appointment: 617.742.5415.

Fourteen historic sites* are included, among them are former residences, schools, businesses, churches of this thriving black community as well as several stations on the Underground Railroad, along which escaped slaves fled from the South to freedom in the North and in Canada.

*The historic homes on the Trail are private residences and are not open to the public. Guests can enter the Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House.

Black Heritage Trail Map