Tour - register nowShanita Brackett, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, USA, Kellian Adams, Green Door Labs, USA
This tour is limited to 35 participants and does not include transportation or lunch. The walking tour is free but entrance to the Museum of African American History is $10 per person. Spaces are limited so please register to reserve your spot!
Please meet at the Black Heritage Trail at 1pm. The Black Heritage Trail is located at 14 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, less than 2 miles from the Conference Hotel.
1pm – 2:30pm Tour the Black Heritage Trail
2:30pm – 4:00pm Tour the Museum of African American History and African Meeting House
Join National Park Ranger Shawn Quigley for a 1-mile guided, walking tour along the Black Heritage Trail® to the Museum of African American History. The walking tour of the Black Heritage Trail® follows and includes stops at key historical sites from the African American Trail Project, as well as the African Meeting House and the Museum of African American History at the Abiel Smith School. The trail begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial located at 14 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Don’t forget your walking shoes!
The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. In Boston and Nantucket, the Museum has preserved two historic sites and two Black Heritage Trails® that tell the story of organized black communities from the Colonial Period through the 19th century. Exhibits, programs, and education activities at the Museum showcase the powerful stories of black families who worshipped, educated their children, debated the issues of the day, produced great art, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom.
The African Meeting House is the first of its kind in America and the oldest black church building in the country. The adjacent Abiel Smith School is the oldest building in the nation constructed for the sole purpose of housing a black public school. The Abiel Smith School galleries feature rotating exhibits and a Museum Store open year around. The Museum preserves both of these extraordinary, historic sites.
Accessibility information: The Black Heritage Trail is not entirely wheelchair accessible. The tour route contains two large hills and the sidewalk in certain areas does not have curb cuts or is wide enough to meet ADA compliance. There will not be visual descriptions or signed interpretation.