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Robert Gould Shaw Memorial is a well-known and frequently visited monument in Boston Common. It is dedicated to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and was sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The sculpture depicts him on horseback with the 54th Regiment, the first African-American, all-volunteer regiment in the Union Army. Shaw died in Fort Wagner in 1863 and a monument was commissioned in 1883, then completed in 1897.
Since 1852, this historic theater called the Orpheum Theatre has played host to Broadway musicals and lectures by world renowned scholars. Today, the Orpheum carries shows from pop artists and contemporary playwrights along with the usual theater events. It is housed in a landmark building and the shows performed here are widely popular and critically acclaimed.
The Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston has several sites significant to the history of African Americans, commemorated by this 1.6-mile trail. From June through August, the National Park Service conducts free two-hour tours that begin at the corner of Beacon and Park Streets. Landmarks include a memorial to the first black regiment to fight in the Civil War and the African Meeting House, the first black-led church in the United States. Many of the historic homes on the trail are still privately owned and may only be viewed from the outside. Call to arrange private tours in the off season.
This park in Beacon Hill neighbourhood houses a museum and a 1.6 mile site of 15 historical sites. The museum provides you with interesting information on the African-American community before the Civil War broke out. Other landmarks are - the African Meeting House and the oldest African-American church in America. Let the rangers and guides lead your trail through history.
Take a photographic journey around some of Boston's historic sites. This walking tour company specializes in leading camera-happy groups around the city to see and capture some the best locales. Photo Walks offers private tours, scavenger hunts, night tours, private photo lessons and more. See the exclusive Beacon Hill neighborhood with its 19th-century brownstones, the Public Garden and Boston Harbor for panoramic views and the Freedom Trail's historic sites. It's a great way to see Boston come alive, along with instruction on simple and creative photo techniques.
Park Street Church is a stop on the Freedom Trail, down the hill from the State House. Built in 1810, the basement served as a gunpowder storage depot during the War of 1812. Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison gave his first anti-slavery speech here, and the Granary Burying Ground, where many famous early Bostonians are buried, is just steps away. The Federalist brick-and-wood building features a steeple and granite steps. The church houses an active parish.