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Black Heritage Trail

14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
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Powerful history in a beautiful walk

We did self-guided tour, picked up the map and info from the Abiel Smith School (oldest... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
travelpleasures
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New Jersey
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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
jeff2120
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Indiana
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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14 Beacon St, Suite 506, Boston, MA 02108-3704
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did self-guided tour, picked up the map and info from the Abiel Smith School (oldest African-American school!), which is next door to the Meeting House-both should be entered. Each historic site on the trail was a powerful reminder of the amazing African Americans who...More

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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

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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.

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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.

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Reviewed 22 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.

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Reviewed 27 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
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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

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Reviewed 18 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

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Reviewed 28 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
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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
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