The Museum of African American History, Black Heritage Trail® is a guided walking tour that explores the the history of Boston's 19th century African American community in Beacon Hill. There are fifteen points of interest on the 1.6 mile Trail. Most notable are the African Meeting House, the oldest standing black church in the country; the Abiel Smith School, teh first public school built solely for the purposes of educating black children; the Augustus Saint-Gauden's memorial to Robert Gould Shaw; and the African American 54th regiment. The tour begins at the Shaw Memorial, which is located on the Boston Common. After Labor Day, those wishing to walk the Black Heritage Trail® can schedule a tour with the National Park Service.
If the kids are worn out from all the walking, take a break at nearby Myrtle Street Playground.
Red or Green line to Park Street. Tour groups meet at the Robert Gould Shaw monunment located at the corner of Beacon and Park Sts.
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