Celebrate Black History Month Around Boston
This February, we encourage you, your Little, your family, and your friends to celebrate Black History Month with these fun things to do all around Boston!
1. Black Heritage Trail
The Black Heritage Trail is a mile and a half journey through Beacon Hill’s 19th century predominantly African American neighborhoods. With a total of 14 historically significant sites along the trek, worthy stops include the first African American school in Boston, several portions of the Underground Railroad, and the 54th Regiment Memorial. The trail is free to explore on your own, with plenty of directions and maps of the sites available online.
This might be a permanent exhibit, but what better time to visit. According to Boston Children’s Museum’s website, “Visit a Carnival garage for a traditional Afro Caribbean celebration and help to decorate a float! Go shopping at the Dominican store, learn about different hairstyles and ideas of beauty at John Smith’s Barbershop, and dance to the Cape Verdean beat at Café Sodade! Developed with community leaders from across Boston and highlighting real people and places from the city, Boston Black is a dialogue about race, ethnicity, identity, and community. It’s designed to highlight the tremendous diversity within Boston’s Black community, share the significant history of Black people in the city, and stimulate new ways for families with young children to talk about race and identity.” For full museum rates, and ways to save (including library passes and TJX $1 Friday nights), visit the link above.
3. African American Patriots Tour (Freedom Trail)
Another mile/mile and a half walk, departing from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center, is the African American Patriots Tour, a part of the Freedom Trail, which occurs on Saturdays and Sundays, every February, in honor of Black History Month. Guides dressed in traditional clothing from the time period celebrate the African American patriots that led Boston to victory during the American Revolution. Adult tickets are $14 and students’ with valid college ID are $12. Children 6-12 are $8. For full pricing and scheduling information, visit the link above.
4. Dream Chasers – One Mic, Many Voices
Anyone can attend and anyone can be inspired. For more information on last year’s event, click here.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
BCYF Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave., Dorchester
Visit the Museum of African American History at either their Boston or Nantucket location. Dive deep into Boston’s African American history through exhibits, tours, and other educational activities that the museum has to offer. Currently on exhibit in Boston is “Picturing Frederick Douglas: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century.” For hours and prices, click here.