50 is the approximate number of relatively unknown, novel Black American Heritage sites and landmarks located in areas of Greater Boston.
Breaking News! Fresh from our National Association of Interpretation certification training with a cohort of naturalists, living history guides, wetland scientists, National Parks ranger educators and other cultural heritage interpreters, this AboutBlackBoston.org Getaways (ABBG) marketplace site is poised to offer brand new BLACK HERITAGE TOURS for anyone who has an appreciation for African American Culture and History. For residents, offer your visiting friends and relatives a day tour. Its a good way to showcase your city.
These tour routes cover Boston, Massachusetts and Black New England.
Boston has long been a top destination for tourists drawn to come to experience the town’s illustrated 1776 colonial history. The era is represented in our museums, buildings, monuments, ships, attractions, enactments, artistic performances and more. For so long, the story about Black people’s Boston was left out of the Colonial history brochures.
In 2021, AboutBlackBoston.org Getaways is elevating Boston Black Heritage. The tours provoke the stories and interrogate the physical material left behind by the Early Africans for all to see. Covering the 17th Century thru the 21st Century, this multi-site work is ambitious. Our first tour program release is designed to attract the well-heeled Back Bay hotel guest and resident from Boylston Street area of the Back Bay into the heart of Black Boston. The tour is named the “Back Bay to Black Boston Sprinter Tour,” a mixed walking and riding experience that originates where the A. Phillip Randolph monument is in Back Back Station and ends in Roxbury’s Nubian Square.
With the addition of the new series of BLACK TOURS we are bringing to market, Boston can proudly boasts of having the largest variety of American heritage stories to offer tourists, cultural lovers and families. We are adding a lot of new Black tours that have never been run before. This tour program development work is underway.
Some destinations are: the MLK sites, Malcolm X childhood home, Dorcas de Blackamore homestead ( she was with the first documented Africans to arrive in Boston in 1638), Dorchester North Burying Ground, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, Old Indian Meeting House, Zipporah Potter Atkins Site, George Middleton / Louis Glapion House, BlockPomp’s Wall / Brooks Estate, Royall House and Slave Quarters, the African Orthodox Church, and others.
Thou hast seen
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Martha’s Vineyard Black Weekend carries the pulse of the Black elites who descend on the island when its hot outside to celebrate and support causes with Black college roommates, casual and corporate friends, relatives, and the family. Black people have lived on Martha’s Vineyard for hundreds of years. The island has long been considered the resort of the Black rich. Blacks have become native Islanders over the years.
Transportation from Boston
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There is a Black Heritage Trail on Martha’s Vineyard. The island is host to the infamous Run and Shoot African American film Festival which runs a week, when the Black comedy show series on stages in town. And African American owned art gallery is a must stop in Oak Bluff where it is one of many galleries and hangouts for artist and creatives. Glance at the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette newspaper for event listings and visit the Black Culture Guide to the Best of Martha’s Vineyard website for things to do, places to go and read Blog posts about what people are saying.
The Cousins African American art gallery is smack dab in the middle of Oak Bluff downtown where it gets busy next to the beach. Further into the country the public library has a good selection of African American culture books. The African American culture festival comes once a year. There’s a Black beach to do – its called Inkwell beach next to the Vineyard Haven ferry terminal at Oak Bluff. Blacks have a lot going on on the Vineyard in the summertime. From Boston. you can take a motor coach bus or drive to one of two departures: Woods Hole or Falmouth, then catch a ferry boat to Martha’s Vineyard. Or you can fly into the airport.
AboutBlackBoston.org Getaway tours and material connects you to what has been passed on from generation to generation by the first Africans in Boston, to the population at-large and to the African American community living here today. Monuments, places, the customs, objects, artistic expressions and more are featured in a variety of tours. You will learn stories left out of school text books. You can go on tours to sites left by Early Africans of the 17th century who co-built Boston into an ancient, economic power that made White men the richest persons in America. You can see and learn from 17th, 18th, and 19th century sites. As Twentieth century Boston grew up, Blacks and their heritage influenced the city’s politics, industries, science, the arts, sports, and more. Twentieth Century African Americans era are following the Early Africans while cutting paths of their own. Our tours, books, souvenirs and online content tells stories of the old, the new and what will be our inevitable futures.
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