Boston African-American National Historic Site
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Boston African-American National Historic Site In Boston
Fifteen pre-Civil War structures here shelter the history of Boston s free 19th-century African-American community. Located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and linked by the 1.6-mi Black Heritage Trail, the collection of buildings includes the African Meeting House, the oldest standing African-American church in the United States, and the Abiel Smith School. Also on site is Augustus Saint-Gaudens' memorial to Robert Gould Shaw, the white officer who led the 54th Regiment, the first African-American regiment recruited from the North by the U.S. government during the Civil War. The site was authorized on October 10,1980.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Taking Black Heritage Trail walking tour. Facilities: Indoor and outdoor interpretive exhibits and signs. Park office in Museum of Afro-American History (partner). Programs & Events: Guided walking tours. Living-history programs (mid-June-mid-July). Tips & Hints: Walking tour maps and guides free at the African Meeting House. Tour participants meet at the Shaw monument (Park and Beacon Sts.). Park busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Donations support the Museum of Afro-American History, which is open Mon.-Sat. 10-4. Tours of site (Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily at 10, noon, and 2; Labor Day-Memorial Day, Tues.-Sat. at 10, 12, 2).
HOW TO GET THERE
In Boston via 1-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.) to Copley Sq. exit and Stuart St., then left on Charles St. (Rte. 28) to Boston Common; or via 1-93 to Storrow Dr. and Copley Sq. exit, then left on Beacon St., right on Arlington St., left on Boylston St., and left on Charles St. (Rte. 28). Several parking garages are close by. Closest MBTA subway stops are Park St. on the Red and Green lines and Bowdoin Sq. on the Blue Line. Closest airport: Boston.
Boston African American National Historic Site (14 Beacon St., Suite 503, Boston, MA 02108, tel. 617/742-5415, fax 617/720-0848,)
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