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Black Heritage Trail

#68 of 225 Tours in Boston
Boston, MA, USA
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About Black Heritage Trail
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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B-FCory wrote a review Dec 2019
Virginia Beach, Virginia29 contributions14 helpful votes
As other reviewers have mentioned, it's more of a route than a trail. We were fortunate to stumble upon the tour, given by the National Parks Service, which starts at the African Meeting House. Without the NPS ranger and the tour of the Meeting House, we likely would not have enjoyed the experience quite as much. Understanding the courage that many colonial Bostonians showed and standing where Frederick Douglass once stood was quite moving.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Alexthetraveler01 wrote a review Oct 2019
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Offered for free by the National Park Service, this tour was an hour and a half of fantastic learning. The tour is an inside glimpse into the Boston African community of the 19th century. From discourse about desegregation in Boston to the 1st Black Regiment formed in the Civil War it's for sure a worth while tour. While it does cover a good portion of beacon hill, so there's some semi intense walking involved we had several older ladies and gents join us as well as a boy around 4 - so it's not inaccessible if you're a little bit slower.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Marie G wrote a review Sep 2019
Chicago, Illinois76 contributions23 helpful votes
The Black Heritage Trail is a must-see for having a more complete picture of the history of Boston and our country. It pairs very well with the Freedom Trail but you will need to get a map online or at the African American History Museum. It was especially interesting to hear about the courageous enslaved and free Black Bostonians and their important contributions in shaping our country.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Alberto H wrote a review Jun 2019
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This Black Heritage Trail is a bit artificial. I reached the place, saw some signs but they were confusing. It was 16.07 when I reached the door of the African American Museum. It closed too early and it was discouraging to make it all the way there trying to see something. The only thing I saw were the Star Wars characters, which was totally unconnected to what my expectations were: history, civil rights... and so on. I would not do this trail again. The information there is not sufficient.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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wireless_in_CA wrote a review May 2019
United States4,165 contributions3,289 helpful votes
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I found out about this Trail after I entered Faneuil Hall and started listening to one of the park rangers. I grabbed a map and figure out it was back at my original starting point at the Massachusetts State House. After completing the Freedom Trail I then headed back to Boston Common. I don’t recommend you do this as my feet were really tired afterwards. The Black Heritage Trail started off at the 54th Regiment Memorial across from the State House. From here the map really helped out as there was limited signage and the ground was not inlaid with brick or painted brick. However the map was a bit limited in identifying the houses but not the specific addresses of those historically important ones. While I believed I saw the outside of the ones detailed in the map I was not certain. The Trail wanders around the Beacon Hill neighborhood so definitely a lot more residential feel versus the Freedom Trail. It was nice to experience a different setting with less people and traffic. There was also more hills to climb so keep this in mind (better to start this one first). For Star Wars fans look out for the stormtroopers along Pinckney St. I ended the walk at the African Meeting House which was unfortunately closed. Next time I will plan this better and start this Trail first in order to get a better historical understanding.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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