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Black Heritage Trail

14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
+1 617-742-5415
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This important piece of history could be improved by the city of Boston

Having done the Freedom Trail a couple of times, I was interested in going on this trail. I went... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
Not really

This trail is by far not as exciting as the freedom trail and should have been included in it. A... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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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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  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
+1 617-742-5415

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Having done the Freedom Trail a couple of times, I was interested in going on this trail. I went early on a Saturday morning. It isn't marked with bricks like the other trail, so you need a map to find the sites. There are some...More

Thank jeff2120
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

This trail is by far not as exciting as the freedom trail and should have been included in it. A few m in to this area is just sufficient to get an idea.

Thank JochenBuhler
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

This runs off the heritage trail and is well worth the detour and time. It shows the importance of the early African Americans in the establishing of the country.

Thank OldClanEllmes
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Really enjoyed this tour with Amelia as our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and had a real passion for her subject . I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Boston. An hour and a half well spent.

Thank spagirls2017
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The tourist centre had lots of information about the Freedom Trail, but information about the Black Heritage Trail was hard to get. It's a shame because it's an important part of history that deserves to be heard. There was a good exhibition on, and the...More

1  Thank 38sally
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Shawn Quigley was our tour guide and he was great! Nice personality and very knowledgeable. I loved hearing of the story of African American pioneers in Boston. I also liked that Shawn knew that it was a hot day, and he encouraged breaks in the...More

3  Thank AlexMcAttack
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

The Robert Gould-Shaw Memorial is a stop along the Freedom Trail right at the edge of the Boston Commons. There was a park ranger giving a talk to some school kids so we were able to catch a little bit of the history of the...More

1  Thank chickabeegrrl
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Was looking forward to this tour, but we waited at the designated meeting point for 2PM and no one showed up. I will say their website does not seem to be clear with what days the tour operates etc. But it was a Tuesday and...More

1  Thank wader
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

A lot of history and a very nice walk up and dowb the hilly side of Boston. Beautiful architecture and small streets provide a unique experience and glimpse into the past.

Thank PortlandRoss
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend this tour! I just did the tour recently. A young college student did lead it. She was absolutely awesome! Her background was in African American studies so she was very knowledgeable. It lasted circa two and a half hours and showed most...More

2  Thank Jennifer H
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