Black Heritage Trail

Centered on the north slope of Beacon Hill, the African American community of 19th century Boston led the city and the nation in the fight against slavery and injustice. On the Black Heritage Trail® students will have the opportunity to learn about these remarkable men and women who, together with their allies, were leaders in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early struggle for equal rights and education. Ranger-guided tours of the Black Heritage Trail® are conducted from August to November. During a tour, students will begin at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street then continue to 14 sites including the Abiel Smith School and African Meeting House, which are part of the Museum of African American History. At the Museum, students can listen to historic talks given by National Park Rangers.
 
Contact Info
Address: Beacon St & Park St., Boston, MA 02108. Suffolk County. Tel: 617-742-5415. Website: www.nps.gov/boaf. Hrs: Vary.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-college. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue