AfricanHeritageIf 18th-century African-American patriot Crispus Attucks could tell you his story of life and rebellion in pre-Revolutionary Boston, what would he say? On Friday, February 1, at 12:45 pm, the Freedom Trail® Foundation begins celebrating Black History Month with its acclaimed African-American Patriots Tour, taking visitors through historic events of the American Revolution and the contributions of African-Americans who played a significant role in the country’s formation. 

Teaching children history is an important part of our job as parents and caregivers. In fact, TravelingMom‘s Twitter party on January 21 was on exactly that topic: visiting heritage sites while traveling. Luckily events like these provide us with opportunities to share our country’s history in an interactive and interesting way to not only keep their attention span but to also teach them something in the process.

How the scene plays out
Tales of intrigue and bravery, poetry and defiance by black Bostonians unfold during the 90-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail.  Led by costumed guides, visitors view history through the eyes of revolutionary figures like Attucks, Phyllis Wheatley, Prince Hall, Peter Salem and others.

“The roles African-American patriots played in America’s history and their contributions to our country are exciting,” said Suzanne Taylor, the Foundation’s executive director.  “Sharing their important part of history along Boston’s Freedom Trail is a great way to celebrate Black History Month with visitors and residents alike.”

Who Should Attend
The African-American Patriots Tour is ideal for families, groups, schools, residents and those visiting the city, the 90-minute tours will be regularly offered Friday through Sunday at 12:45 pm throughout February, and are available year-round for schools or private groups by reservation. 

Besides the Tour, there are other events celebrating Black History Month held at Freedom Trail sites along the Trail.  

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile path that leads to 16 of the country’s most significant historical landmarks. The Sites are not adaptations or re-creations, they are real, and each one played a pivotal role in America’s rebellious beginning – familiar events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s role in the first battle, the Battle of Bunker Hill – and the growth of the young nation. Marked by a red brick path or a painted red line, the Trail weaves its way through Boston’s proud past in the midst of this vital, modern city.

Photo courtesy of The Freedom Trail Foundation.

Megy Karydes is a freelance journalist focusing on travel, dining, health, sustainable living and fair trade for both consumer and business-to-business media outlets. For her travel adventures, visit Wandering Tastes on Facebook and Twitter or find her online at WanderingTastes. She and her family are seriously considering a hybrid for their next car purchase this year.