Freedom Trail February 2017 E-Newsletter

Freedom Trail February E-Newsletter
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Black History Month on the Freedom Trail® 

Freedom Trail Foundation's African-American Patriots® Tours will return in February on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:45 p.m. departing from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. During Black History Month, these exciting tours celebrate the African-American patriots who played a vital role in the formation of our country and the start of the American Revolution in Boston. Visitors have the unique opportunity to view history through the eyes of revolutionary figures such as Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall, Peter Salem, and others. Following the tour, visitors are invited to continue their journey at the Museum of African American History (MAAH). At the Museum's Boston campus on Beacon Hill, visitors may experience the first African Meeting House in the United States and the Abiel Smith School, the nation's oldest public school built for the sole purpose of educating black children. The school anchors the campus to its 46 Joy Street address and features galleries of rotating exhibits and museum store.  MAAH is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.  Hourly guided tours by interpretive rangers of the National Park Service Boston African American National Historic Site (BOAF) lead visitors through the adjacent African Meeting House, the last stop on the Black Heritage Trail®. MAAH admission is by donation. In addition to specialty tours, activities, and programs along the Freedom Trail, the Foundation continues to offer daily Walk Into History® Tours departing from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. Visit the Foundation's calendar for a full schedule of programs and tours or call 617.357.8300 for reservations and more information. 
African American History on Boston Common

The first site on the Freedom Trail, and the oldest public park in America, the Boston Common has been a place of public gathering for centuries. It also marks the start of the Black Heritage Trail® at one of the most famous memorials in the United States, Saint-Gaudens' Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial at the corner of Beacon and Park Streets. The Common is also home to the Boston Massacre monument honoring the five victims killed in the events of March 5, 1770. Crispus Attucks is the best known of these five. According to some reports, Attucks was of African and Native American descent and had possibly fled to Boston after escaping his enslavers. At the time of the Massacre he was employed as a dockworker in Boston. During the abolitionist movement of the mid-nineteenth century, Bostonians pushed to honor Attucks as the first casualty of the struggle with the British; the 1888 monument on the Common reflects their sentiments. 

March on the Freedom Trail 

March will be a bustling on the Freedom Trail! The 247th Commemoration and Reenactment of the Boston Massacre will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at official Freedom Trail historic sites, Old State House and Boston Massacre site. Experience this pivotal moment of American history in Downtown Boston as talented reenactors tell the story of the lead up to the Boston Massacre during the day and reenact the shocking event at night. March is Women's History Month and the Freedom Trail celebrates with the newest tour experience - Revolutionary Women Tours -  on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:45 p.m. departing from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. The special tours will give residents and visitors a first-time ever opportunity to discover the women who took part in the American Revolution, and the generations of women that followed, inaugurating their own struggles for freedom and equality. Explore four centuries of Revolutionary women who changed history along Boston's iconic red line.

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The Freedom Trail Foundation is the non-profit organization with a mission to promote and market Boston's Freedom Trail, and help with preservation of official 17th-, 18th-, and
19th-century historic Freedom Trail sites.
The Freedom Trail Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations for support. Learn more here.
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