Historical Sites

Black Heritage Trail. Source: Google Maps.
Black Heritage Trail. Source: Google Maps.

African American Heritage Trail

Location: Salisbury, CT
Type: National Heritage Area
The African American Heritage Trail encompasses 29 Massachusetts and Connecticut towns in the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area. The trail celebrates African Americans who played pivotal roles in key national and international events, as well as ordinary people of achievement.

Black Heritage Trail

Location: Boston, MA
Type: Walking tour
The Black Heritage Trail is a 1.6 mile walk through the heart of Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood. The trail showcases residences and community buildings associated with a Black community that thrived on, and near, the north slope of Beacon Hill before, during, and after the American Civil War.

David Ruggles Center

Location: Florence, MA
Type: Museum and walking tour
The Ruggles Center offers walking tours and hosts visiting school groups using original curriculum. Museum exhibits highlight David Ruggles, Sojourner Truth, Lydia Maria Child and the local Underground Railroad.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Type: Website
The Massachusetts Historical Society brings together historical manuscripts and rare published works that serve as a window upon the lives of African Americans in Massachusetts from the late seventeenth century through the abolition of slavery under the Massachusetts Constitution in the 1780s.

Museum of African American History

Location: Boston and Nantucket, MA
Type: Museum
The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. 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, organized politically and advanced the cause of freedom.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Location: Washington, DC
Type: Museum
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

Pan African Historical Museum USA

Location: Springfield, MA
Type: Museum and walking tour
Since 1995 the founders of the Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA) have been bringing African and African-American culture and history alive for area students as well as the general public in their museum spaces at Tower Square. Featuring a well rounded collection of contemporary and historical artwork and artifacts, PAHMUSA is where African culture and African-American history converge to paint a full picture of Black History, with a special focus on western Massachusetts.

Sojourner Truth Memorial

Location: Florence, MA
Type: Memorial statue
The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee works to promote an understanding of Sojourner Truth’s significance in American history, through a variety of ways.

W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site

Location: Great Barrington, MA
Type: Historic site
A collaborative project to identify and interpret those sites in and around Great Barrington, MA that were influential in the life of W.E.B. Du Bois.
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