Boston African American National Historic Site

The Boston African American National Historic Site, in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts's Beacon Hill neighborhood, interprets 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th century African-American community, including the Museum of Afro-American History's African Meeting House, the oldest standing African-American church in the United States.

The various structures are linked by the Museum's 1.6 mile (2.5 km) Black Heritage Trail, and include:

  • 54th Regiment Memorial
  • African Meeting House - part of the Museum of African American History
  • Abiel Smith School - houses the Museum of African American History
  • Charles Street Meeting House
  • John Coburn House
  • Lewis and Harriet Hayden House
  • George Middleton House
  • Phillips School
  • Smith Court Residences
  • John J. Smith House

Most of the sites along the trail are not open to the public, except the African Meeting House and the Abiel Smith School, as well as the 54th Regiment Memorial.

Park rangers provide guided tours of the sites along the trail. Visitors can pick up the self-guided trail map and obtain information at the Abiel Smith School.

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