Topic: New England

Black History Month and Black Heritage Trails

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The Lewis and Harriet Hayden House on Phillips Street (Southac Street at the time) was a haven for fugitive slaves in the 10 years before the Civil War.

The Lewis and Harriet Hayden House on Phillips Street (Southac Street at the time) was a haven for fugitive slaves in the 10 years before the Civil War.

All photos/art by Heath Robbins

February is Black History Month and New England’s history is linked with the African-American experience in many ways.

Have you been on the Black Heritage Trail, a walking tour of Boston’s Beacon Hill? Chances are you haven’t, but you’ll find historic brick buildings, cobble-stoned paths, and surprising history.

Find a reason to stay in these Massachusetts B&Bs. They were once stops along the Underground Railroad.

Read one historian’s search for her ancestors and the little-known history of slaves in Portsmouth.

Boston is not the only New England city with a Black Heritage Trail. Follow more of history’s footsteps at these black heritage trails and African-American history resources.

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