Description - These historic buildings were the homes, businesses, schools, and churches of this thriving black community that, in the face of great opposition, fought the forces of slavery and inequality.
Copyright: National Park Service
Boston African American National Historic Site
- Located in the heart of Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, the site includes 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th century African-American community, including: the African Meeting House, the oldest standing African-American church in the United States. The sites are linked by the 1.6 mile (2.5 km) Black Heritage Trail. Augustus Saint-Gaudens', memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the African-American Massachusetts 54th Regiment, stands on the trail.
Recreation - Activities include touring of the various historical sites as well as a walk the Black Heritage Trail® on the north slope of Beacon Hill, and learn about the free African American community that lived here during the decades leading up to and during the Civil War.
Climate - Temperatures range from warm, humid summer days to cold New England winter days. Wear comfortable sportswear in season, with comfortable walking shoes.
From the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90), take the Copley Square exit to Stuart Street, then turn left on Route 28 (Charles Street) to Boston Common.
From Route 93, take Storrow Drive to the Copley Square exit, turn left on Beacon Street, right on Arlington Street, left on Boylston Street and left on Charles Street (Route 28).