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Black Heritage Trail

14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108
617-742-5415
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As featured in 3 days in Boston and 1 other guide
Ranked #35 of 211 Attractions in Boston
Type: Walking tours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

There's a free tour at 2 p.m. every day led by a park ranger. However, I was the only one who showed up for it the day I went so they gave me a map and I did a self-guided tour instead. The tour takes about 2 hours and there are signs so you don't get lost. The self-guided tour... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

This tour is a must for anyone visiting anyone Boston. My husband who's not at all interested in history loved this tour. You have the opportunity to ask questions and get involved in this tour. I would have definitely paid for this tour,the fact that this tour is free is amazing!!!

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Randalstown, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Start with a visit to the museum, and make sure to see the audio video upstairs. There's a lot of information there, and we had a talk from a member of staff in the Meeting House. It's an essential part of learning the history of Boston. The Freedom Trail concentrates on the War of Independence, and the Prudential Centre is... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The history of the abolition movement and the important role African-American leaders played in it is not something that got a lot of coverage when I was in school, so most of the information in the guided tour here was new to me. The park ranger who conducted the tour was very well informed and enthusiastic about her subject, which... More

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Oxford
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We showed up at the bass relief opposite the Senate hall at 12pm and there was our free park ranger for the tour. He was excellent, we were the only ones on the tour. A lovely walk around that neighbourhood with all sorts of stories. Inspiring to stand in the old school hall and imagine all those who had stood... More

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emmeloord
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I think a visitor who is going to walk the freedom trail should extend it with this black heritage trail. We did (if you are short in time: just skip the last 2 points on the freedom trail: the boat and the monument, because they are not so interesting, unless you really fancy a boat) and we learned a lot... More

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