Boston’s African-American heritage is very important to the city, follow this trail and you’ll discover why...

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Black Heritage Trail

A journey through African-American history

This sightseeing walk around the city is designed to trace the legacy of African-American community in 19th century Boston. Thanks to the Black Heritage Trail, you’ll find out about the fight against slavery in the USA, passing by monuments and buildings such as the Abiel Smith School or the African Meeting House. However, it’s worth knowing that some of the other historic houses along the trail are privately owned and are not open to the public. The walk is mainly around the Beacon Hill district and other key places in the history of the African-American community. As a little taster, you should know that in 1783 Massachusetts became the first American state to make slavery illegal, after which Boston became a safe haven for black slaves fleeing from the south and looking to start a new life.

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