Black Heritage Trail, Boston

5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Black Heritage Trail sign
    Black Heritage Trail sign
    by risse73
  • Acorn Street
    Acorn Street
    by Tracyden
  • Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial
    Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment...
    by KarenandCory
  • Tracyden's Profile Photo

    Walk the trail

    by Tracyden Written Apr 17, 2011
    Acorn Street

    This is a shorter trail than the freedom trail and takes you mainly around the Beacon Hill area which is lovely in itself. There are beautiful mansion houses and millionaire's squares. Excellent and very pretty.

    You can use a guide but we just used our guide book. The trail takes you to houses and schools around Beacon Hill

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Historical Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo

    Black Heritage Trail

    by Hopkid Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    For a good part of the 19th century, Beacon Hill was home to a promiment group of African Americans and abolitionists. A wonderfully educational walking tour has been mapped out and is operated by the National Park Service. Although the trail starts at the Shaw Memorial, the base for the trail is the Museum of Afro-American History, housed in what was originally the Abiel Smith School, the first schoolhouse built specifically for the education of African American children, built in 1834. A museum store operated by the National Park Service and the adjacent African Meeting House (1805) are part of the museum complex. Go to the museum store to get a National Park Service pamphlet describing the trail complete with a map. Give yourself at least 3 hours to enjoy the museum and take the walking tour. If the weather is nice, strolling through quiet Beacon Hill and learning a bit of history is a great way to spend a couple of hours. We found it to be very educational, and it didn't hurt that it was a beautiful spring day!

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • risse73's Profile Photo

    African Americans in Boston

    by risse73 Updated May 10, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Black Heritage Trail sign

    Follow this historical trail that allows you to imagine what life was like for African Americans back then. The history of oppression, enslavement, challenges and struggles proved to enable this group of Americans to thrive and survive. What a feat! The African Americans in Boston appeared to be the first to be freed from the burdens of enslavement on a social level. They lived their lives as freed men & women, helped to end slavery on a proactive basis, and set up a community in the Beacon Hill area around where this trail is now located.

    To find out more info on this trail, check out this website:

    http://www.afroammuseum.org/index.htm

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • KarenandCory's Profile Photo

    Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial

    by KarenandCory Written Feb 23, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial
    1 more image

    The 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry entered the American Civil War in 1863. It was the first black regiment to be recruited in the North.
    Robert Gould Shaw, who was played by Matthew Broderick in the movie Glory, was the white colonel in command. The Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial is the first site on the Black Heritage Trail.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Boston

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

86 travelers online now

Comments

Hotels Near Black Heritage Trail
4.5 out of 5 stars
1 Review
0.1 miles away
Show Prices
4.0 out of 5 stars
12 Reviews
0.1 miles away
Show Prices
4.0 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews
0.3 miles away
Show Prices

View all Boston hotels