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Boston African American National Historic Site

14 Beacon Street #401, Boston, MA 02108, USA

The Boston African American National Historic Site comprises historic buildings, which document the black community in Boston before the Civil War, including its role in the abolition of slavery in America and the Underground Railroad. The Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial is also interpreted. The memorial commemorates Col. Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment to be recruited from the North to fight in the Civil War. The regiment was recruited, trained, and received political support from the Boston community.


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From the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90), take the Copley Square exit to Stuart Street, then turn left on Route 28 (Charles Street) to Boston Common. From Route 93, take Storrow Drive to the Copley Square exit, turn left on Beacon Street, right on Arlington Street, left on Boylston Street, and left on Charles Street (Route 28). Driving and parking are difficult on Beacon Hill. There are several parking garages in the vicinity wihtin walking distance to the site.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, handicapped access, gift shop, museum.

Regular Events

African American history programs available year round. Please check website for schedule of events.

Available Interpretation

Self-guided tours can be conducted at any time, Monday - Sunday. Guided tours are also available at scheduled times, except during the winter season (November 25-March 17th).

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Admission Fee

Tours are free of charge, $5 admission fee to the Museum of African American History.


Monday-Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M; Closed: Sunday.



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