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Black Voices: 19th-Century Black Writers on Beacon Hill

Discover stories of Boston’s Black writers who were laser-focused on the great topic of the era - slavery

Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Josephine St Pierre Rupin Martin Robinson Delaney William Cooper Neil Frederick Douglas

Tour Description

Truth, passion, bravery and hope. Discover stories of Boston’s Black writers who were laser-focused on the great topic of the era - slavery.

Learn about the mark Black thinkers and writers made on literary and political history: David Walker and his sentinel work, Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World; novelist, playwright and editor Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins; Dorothy West and her biting satire on racial tensions, and many others.

Walk Beacon Hill as you explore where they worked, raised their families, fought injustice, and wrote.

2023 Member Add-Ons:

Register for the tour on select dates using your membership code for a free tour Add-On option available to members

- Sat June 10 add on a guided visit to the Embrace Sculpture at Boston Common after the tour
- Sat Sept 9 add on a guided visit to the Embrace Sculpture at Boston Common after the tour

Become a Boston By Foot member today to enjoy free tours and special members events and activities.

Tour Information

tour duration
DURATION

90 minutes

tour distance
DISTANCE

0.79 mile

tour terrain level 3
TERRAIN

likely uneven surfaces and significant inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide at Joy Street at Smith Court, GPS - 46 Joy Street, the Museum of African American History’s Abiel Smith School.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Stations: Charles/MGH (Red Line) & Bowdoin (Blue Line)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of the Charles Street Meeting House

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Charles/MGH (Red Line)

“Authentic and informative way to see some of Boston's historical and beautiful neighborhoods. We took the Beacon Hill tour on a perfect evening, and our guide took us around the major attractions and small cool corners of the area. She showed us the State House, Boston Common, the exclusive and gorgeous homes of some of Boston's historical elite. It's a fairly easy walk and you will learn a lot about Beacon Hill. Boston by Foot is a volunteer organization and the guides are informative and personable. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanted to know more about Boston.”
— Sacramento, CA