July events focus on Boston African American heritage and history. Tours, films and more.

Black Heritage Trail sign on Beacon Hill

July 2019 in Boston African American heritage events have been announced by the National Park Service, Friends of the Public Garden, and Museum of African American History (MAAH). All events are FREE to the public. For additional information, call (617) 742-5415 or visit maah.org.

The African American Day of Landing, August, 24th 2019 marks 400 Years since the first documented enslaved Africans arrived in the colonies 1619-2019. They traveled on the White Lion schooner ship and banked at Old Pointe Comfort, a strip of beachfront on the ocean edges of today’s Hampton Virginia.


Hampton is home to historically Black colleges and Univesities, Black museums, old America history, a Black mayor, and more. Visitors will have plenty to do in the area. Get quotes here. Consider our private charter bus service. Take your group there in August.

A year ago, the celebration issued an international call for African drummers for the procession, it reached out to African Dignitaries from slave supply countries who have confirmed attendance. There are three days of events planned and organized by the state governor, the mayor and the Hampton VA Day of Landing Committee. A really big CELEBRATION – one that may rival the 400th Plymouth Mayflower Celebration plan –will be held Aug 24, 2019, at Fort Monroe, Virginia near the landing spot.

Boston African American Heritage Events for July 2019

-July 18, 2019
The Museum of African American History in partnership with PEN America and Mass Humanities presents a program honoring Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, “The Power and Presence of Women,” highlighting the role of female contributors Harriett Tubman, Charlotte Forten, and Susie King Taylor. Significantly, July 18th is the date of the 54th’s first major battle at Fort Wagner, South Carolina and is a celebrated site of the Civil War. Held at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy Street, doors open at 5:30 pm; the program begins at 6:00 p.m. Author and Assistant Professor, Wellesley College, Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, and Somerville’s inaugural poet laureate Nicole Terez Dutton join the Museum’s Director of Education, L’Merchie Frazier for the discussion. The program is part of the Museum’s series Race in the Public Dialogue. The Presenting Corporate Sponsor is Bank of America.

BOSTON NPS – National Parks Service Event Calendar link

-Saturdays and Sundays, June 28 through September 1 at 3 p.m.
Rocking the Cradle: The Anthony Burns Meeting: Join us for this interactive program about Boston’s response to the case of Anthony Burns who was arrested under the Fugitive Slave Law in 1854. Facilitated by NPS staff in period clothing and presented in Faneuil Hall, a recently designated Network to Freedom site, this program recreates the public meeting held in the aftermath of Burn’s arrest in the actual room where the event took place. Meets in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall. Free. 30 mins.

-Saturdays and Sundays, June 28 through September 1 at 3:30
Ghosts of the Revolution: Anthony Burns Walking Tour : In May of 1854, slave catchers in Boston arrested Anthony Burns, a fugitive that escaped enslavement in Virginia. This walking tour explores the rendition of Anthony Burns through the voices of those who witnessed his march back into enslavement. Meets in the Great Hall. Free. 45 mins.

-Saturday July 13 at 11:30
Meet Me at the Shaw: How has the Shaw/54th Memorial been used since its dedication in 1897? This program will highlight some of the various groups and individuals that have utilized the Memorial as a place of commemoration, gatherings, and protest for more than 120 years. Meets in the Find Your Parks Space at Faneuil Hall. Free. 30 mins.

-Sunday, July 21st at 11:30
Community Organization and the 54th Regiment: In January of 1863, following the Emancipation Proclamation, the 54th Massachusetts officially began to accept recruits. With volunteers enlisting from all over the northern United States, the efforts of local community leaders proved invaluable. Join us as we explore how these local leaders spearheaded the recruitment of this historic unit. Meets in the Find Your Park Space at Faneuil Hall. Free. 30 mins.

visit shaw54thmemorialrestoration.org

-Sunday, August 4th at 11:30
Boston’s Black Regiment: While only a small number of the soldiers of the 54th came from Boston, their stories provide deep insight into why these men enlisted. Come hear their stories and learn how the North Slope of Beacon Hill prepared these men for the Civil War. Meets in the Faneuil Hall Find Your Park Space. Free. 30 min.

-August 13, 2019
The Shaw 54th Restoration Partnership presents a free public screening of the Academy Award-winning film about the Shaw 54th Regiment, Glory. The screening takes place on Boston Common at 8:00 pm.