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Address: 14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108
Phone Number: 617-742-5415
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Black Heritage - American Heritage

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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 

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 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.

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This tour is all about the abolitionist movement in Boston and how it intertwines with the history of the black people (African Americans) living in Boston. The ranger is very very knowledgeable and can answer questions. The tour ends at the former African American Church/meeting house which is now part of a museum. Highly recommended.

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

An inspirational and informative tour given by a Ranger about the value of blacks (African Americans) in the making of America.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

The black heritage trail goes trough an old and fancy neighborhood. We didn't see many of the black heritage landmarks. But the neighborhood is very nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This tour is led by an NPS guide three times a day. If you want to learn about this history of African-Americans in Boston pre-Civil War, you should take this tour. The museum at the end is lame but the school/meeting house/church that is part of the museum is not, and worth the price of admission. This is not a... More 

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Address: 14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108
Phone Number: 617-742-5415
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston

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