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African-American Heritage Trail

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

See a Map of the African-American Heritage Trail Bike Route Historical Content


17. END: Long Wharf

Street or Other Address: Beyond end of State Street

Nearest Corner: Near Long Wharf Marriott

Digital and Degree Coordinates: 42.358750,-71.052083; N42 21.525 W71 03.125

16. Boston Massacre Memorial on Boston Common

Street or Other Address: Opp. 151 Tremont Street Boston Common

Nearest Corner: Tremont Street between Avery and West Streets

Digital and Degree Coordinates: 42.354383,-71.064467; N42 21.263 W71 03.868

15. Pullman Porter monument inside Back Bay Train Station

Street or Other Address: 105 Dartmouth Street

Nearest Corner: Dartmouth and Columbus Ave

Digital and Degree Coordinates: 42.347300,-71.075900; N42 20.838 W71 04.554

View Pullman Porter Monument. During the 1920s and 1930s, Randolph was a pioneering black labor leader who led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. He came to be considered the "father of the modern civil rights movement" as a result of his efforts to desegregate World War II defense jobs and the military services.

14. Harriet Tubman "Step on Board" Memorial

Street or Other Address: Harriet Tubman Square

Nearest Corner: Columbus, Warren,  and Pembroke

Digital and Degree Coordinates: 42.343350,-71.078233; N42 20.601 W71 04.694

13. Columbus Avenue AME Zion Church (Temple Israel)

Street or Other Address: 600 Columbus Avenue Corner

Nearest Corner:  Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street

Digital and Degree Coordinates:42.340083,-71.082467; N42 20.405 W71 04.948

12. Roxbury Crossing

Street or Other Address: 1420 Tremont

Nearest Corner: Tremont and Columbus

Digital and Degree Coordinates: 42.331517,-71.094667; N42 19.891 W71 05.680

View Roxbury Crossing: Reggie Lewis Center, Roxbury Community College, and Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

Roxbury was originally a separate town, connected to Boston only by a narrow neck of land (Roxbury Neck).  In the mid-19th century the whole area was filled in, and you can see the difference in elevation between the original hills of Roxbury and the filled in section.

11. Temple Israel

Street Address: Riverway

Nearest Corner: Riverway and Longwood

Digital & Degree Coordinates: 42.340846, -71.109195; N42 20.451 W71 06.552

View Temple Israel (originally Adath Israel) Temple Israel has several connections to African American History.

10. Marsh Plaza, Boston University

Street Address: 735 Commonwealth Avenue

Nearest Corner: Commonwealth and St. Mary’s Street

Digital & Degree Coordinates: 42.350400,-71.106650; N42 21.024 W71 06.399

9. Jill Brown-Rhone Park, Cambridge

Street Address: ~377 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Nearest Corner: Corner of Main Street and Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Digital & Degree Coordinates: 42.363433,-71.099883; N42 21.806 W71 05.993

8. Smith Court Residences

Street Address: 3-10 Smith Court

Nearest Corner: Off 46 Joy Street

Digital & Degree Coordinates: 42.359817,-71.065300; N42 21.589, W71 03.918

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