Boston black history on a smartphone
Location: 46 Joy St.
Nearly 50 years after black parents petitioned the Massachusetts Legislature for money to build a school of black children, the Abiel Smith School was built for the sole purpose of educating black children in a public school setting. In the 1820s, the city operated two segregated schools for black children. The Abiel Smith School closed after black parents successfully lobbied to end segregation in Massachusetts public education system in 1855.
The Abiel Smith School is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.