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.

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.

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.

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.

National Park Service Boston African American National Historic Site (BOAF)


*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.