Robert Gould Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial

This moving scene on the edge of the Boston Common depicts black volunteer soldiers and their white colonel as they set off for battle against the Confederate Army in 1863. The 1989 film Glory, starring Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, told the story of the courageous black regiment.

Captions by Gary Lee

The Abiel Smith House


Opened in 1835 on Beacon Hill, this was the first public school for blacks in the U.S. Exhibitions for the Museum of African American History are held here.

Eternal Presence


This 7-foot sculpture by artist John Wilson sits outside the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Art in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.

The African Meeting House, Nantucket


Dating back to the 1820s, this house was used as a school, church and meetinghouse for black people on the island.

The African Meeting House, Boston


Constructed in 1806 on Beacon Hill, this building served as a church and gathering point for local blacks.

The Higginbotham House, Nantucket


This stately home, black owned since the Revolutionary War period, is a testament to the strong history of freed blacks in New England. The house was apparently built for freed slave Seneca Boston in 1774. In 1933 Florence Higginbotham, who worked on Nantucket as a young black teenager, bought the building. It is now owned and managed by the Museum of African American History in Boston.

Roxbury's Community Hub


The Haley House Bakery and Café always draws a warm crowd in Roxbury, the heart of Boston's black community.

Food for the Soul


The Cambridge, Mass.-based Coast Café serves fried chicken, collard greens and other Southern dishes.

Senegalese Boston


Teranga, a popular restaurant in Boston's South End, features Senegalese cuisine. "Teranga" means "hospitality" in Wolof, and the restaurant lives up to its name.