Black History Month in Boston
Boston has been called the Birthplace of Liberty and the Cradle of Freedom thanks to its significant role in the Revolutionary War. But these are also fitting monikers considering the city’s place in African American history. As we celebrate Black History Month throughout February, be sure to visit these Boston-area stops.
Two of the city’s major Black History landmarks include the Abiel Smith School—the first school built for African American children—and the African Meeting House, the oldest black church building in the nation. The Meeting House has recently been renovated to accommodate the African American History Museum’s exhibits and store. Both buildings are part of the Black Heritage Trail.
Throughout the month of February, the Freedom Trail Foundation provides a special African American Patriots Tour (pictured) starting from Boston Common on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:45 p.m. Costumed guides will treat visitors to the stories of revolutionaries like Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall and Peter Salem.
Boston Black, a permanent exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum, celebrates African American culture in the city by exploring music, dance, and beauty. Designed to help children understand Boston’s diverse neighborhoods, the exhibit inspires healthy discussions about race and identity.
From February 27- March 1, Sleeping Weazel is hosting an artistic African American History Fesitval at the Factory Theatre (791 Tremont St.). Expect to find performances that include poetry, puppets, dolls, and plays making their public debut. There will also be workshops about dolls from the days of slavery to the present.
Celebrate Black History Month at your own pace by checking out the Boston Public Library’s list of the best and most recent African American literature. The “Black Is…” list includes works by Malcolm Gladwell and Wil Haygood as well as the Norton Anthology of African American Poetry.