Black Heritage History of Boston Walking Tour

The Underground Railroad was not a railroad or underground, but it did have real live conductors who gave their lives so enslaved persons could be free. The Underground Railroad is a symbolic name used for over 200 years to break away from slavery.  With this tour, you will not be looking through a bus window, but you will be walking the narrow streets and alleyway that the enslaved persons walked in the dark late at night so they would not be caught and sent back into slavery.


Black Heritage Histoy tour of Boston


The city’s black heritage trail explores Beacon Hill’s rich historic African American neighborhood. You will explore and stroll past a rich tapestry of residential and church history, architecture, and learn about Beacon Hill’s special place in history as one of the nation’s stops along the African American Underground Rail Road and the courageous people who helped achieve the enslaved persons’ freedom.

The Black Heritage History of Boston covers:
  • Park St Church – home of some the abolitionists  
  • Arlington Street Church
  • The Granary Burial Ground
  • Grave of the five men from the Boston Massacre
  • Race Set Free Statue
  • Crispus Attucks Monument
  • Robert Gould Shaw & the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial
  • The House of the Hidden Chamber
  • Holmes Alley
  • George Middleton-Lewis Glapion House
  • Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)
  • and more…
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: Tour meet at on the Boston Common outside the Park St. MBTA Station.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: View our full tour schedule.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Save even more money with a Boston tourist discount pass.