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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 Boston for free and 1 other guide
Ranked #39 of 206 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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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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11 helpful votes 11 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I went on this tour after I took 2 other National Park Tours of the Freedom Trail. I found this tour fascinating. Being from Australia I didn't know much about the Black History of Boston however learnt a lot more by the end of the Tour. Highly recommended with really a knowledgable guide. Well worth doing this tour. The area... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I visited Boston with some friends for the day and took this tour as part of the visit. I recommend this tour for a few reasons: #1 It's free. Your tax dollars at work, this tour is run by the national park service, so it's a no-cost way to learn some Boston history. #2 It's informative and entertaining. The tour... More

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boston
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I have lived in Boston for 50 years, most of them in the South End. The South End has become very chi chi poo poo and many visitors flock to it because of the superb restaurants. Which of course are many and varied. The South End is also the largest historical landmark neighborhood in the U.S. And at the bottom... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Many thanks to Ranger Bernadette for her encouraging us to undertake this walk. We are so glad we did - both informative and very moving.

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