Among the cobblestone streets of Boston is centuries of history. From our patriots to our governing leaders, with every step you’ll find yourself retracing a piece of Boston’s history. If you’re visiting Boston during Black History Month, be sure to follow the paths of so many who helped define our great city, just steps from the front doors of Fifteen Beacon Hotel.
Start at the Museum of African American History on Joy Street, where you’ll also pick up the Black History Trail. The museum is dedicated to preserving and conserving the contributions of African Americans in New England. Take in a lecture, read through history books or enjoy one of the many exhibits featured in the musuem.
From there you’ll follow the Black History Trail, which traces the events central of the African American population that lived here in the 19th century, and led the nation in the movement to end slavery and to achieve equal rights.The trail consists of 14 sites and officially starts at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street. There are free and moderated walking tours of the trail, or you can pick up a map for a walking tour of your own.
Along your trail walk is the African Meeting House, the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States and one of the most historic churches in our country. It’s here in 1860 that Frederick Douglass delivered his anti-slavery speech.
If you’d like help planning your walking tour, or need information about any of the museums or attractions around Boston, our concierge will be happy to assist.