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Slavery and Abolition in Massachusetts

New for 2024! Explore Massachusetts' long and complex history of slavery

Shaw Memorial

Tour Description

Explore the events and some of the lesser-known people that were a part of Massachusetts’ complex and long history of slavery, from the arrival of European colonists on the Shawmut Peninsula to the passage of the 13th Amendment.

Full details to come!

Tour Information

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1 mile

tour terrain level 2

potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour is not currently available as a private tour.

Starting Location

Meet your guide at 53 State Street, corner of State and Congress Streets

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

Nearest Accessible MBTA Stop: State Street (Blue & Orange Lines)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of the 54th Regiment Memorial on Beacon Street.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Park Street (Green & Red Lines)