Top of the Hill

If you love culture, plus arts and free.99, take advantage of Bank of America’s “Visit Museums” initiative in most major cities. Who knew, every first weekend of the month, museums across the nation offer FREE admission just for owning a BOA card. Here in Boston, we have two options for free museum admission via BOA, The Museum of Fine Arts and The Museum of African American History. Having been to the MFA, I was immediately drawn to the latter.

African Meeting House

On another perfectly crisp fall day in Boston, I found myself in the coveted neighborhood of Beacon Hill, also known as The Top of the Hill – a community rich in history, past and present. The area is known for it’s beautiful brownstones and sits right next to the State House. Beacon Hill is also home to The Museum of African American History, which I like to call the historic heart of the Black Bostonian. There, you can delve into some of the history of Massachusetts as a northern free state and it’s fight for equal rights for blacks. A pivotal feature of the museum is the African Meeting House, which was at the center of the abolitionist movement and the Black community in Boston. The museum offers a guided tour, but in solace I found that I was able to move in the history and take in the artifacts.

Have family coming into town? Feel like doing some exploration before shopping downtown? The Top of the Hill and the historic heart of the Black Bostonian is where you go, because our history is lit.


Clotel one of the first novels completed by an African American.
Frederick Douglas

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