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Museum of African American History

Boston Black Heritage Trail

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Boston’s free African American community led the nation in the movement to end slavery and to achieve equal rights. These remarkable patriots established businesses, founded organizations and created schools. Their houses of worship, homes, schools, and Underground Railroad sites make up Boston’s Black Heritage Trail®

  • 1.

    The Phillips School

    The Phillips School

    The first school to [finally!] promote an interracial study body in Boston.

  • 2.

    Smith Court Residences

    Smith Court Residences

    Step into history and explore a traditional African-American neighborhood from 19th Century Boston.

  • 3.

    Abiel Smith School

    Abiel Smith School

    This school educated African American children and witnessed the fight for, and end of, segregation.

  • 4.

    African Meeting House

    African Meeting House

    The heart of Boston's 19th century free black community and a reminder of our past.

  • 5.

    George Middleton House

    George Middleton House

    Once home to a veteran and leader; "Colonel" to the Bucks of America.

  • 6.

    John Coburn House

    John Coburn House

    Clothing shop by day, gambling den by night.

  • 7.

    Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

    Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

    62 names from the 54th regiment. The first black soldiers admitted into Union Forces are remembered here.

  • 8.

    Lewis and Harriet Hayden House

    Lewis and Harriet Hayden House

    House turned Underground Railroad station that allowed an escaped slave to rescue others.

  • 9.

    Charles Street Meeting House

    Charles Street Meeting House

    A church that illuminated the path to both religion and integration.

  • 10.

    John J. Smith House

    John J. Smith House

    The man who brought introduced fugitive slaves to abolitionists in a barber shop.

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