Back in February, Vic and I bundled up for a few weekends and learned about the role Boston played in the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. I then strung together a cycling route that makes an interesting half-day out.
In addition to visiting the Beacon Hill neighborhood and the Afro American History Museum and National History site, you also get a bit of the Charles River Esplanade once you’re past Harvard, and a trip out to a fine museum in Newton. Finally, it loops you back into Brookline and into the heart of the current African American community to see the last home of William Lloyd Garrison. I’d rate this 23 mile ride as medium, due to some stretches of heavy urban traffic and some tricky route finding.
If you’re in Boston, I’d love to get any input on this ride or your route suggestions.
The print version here.
Spectacular. Very well done.
I might have included a bit of the South End in the trip, however, although I know traffic would be bad. There’s a plaque on the house of the first black physician in Massachusetts; the intersection of Mass Ave & Columbus Ave was Jazz central from the 20s to the 50s (Wally’s still exists); MLK lived on the 500 or 600 block of Mass Ave while attending BU; Malcom X lived just down the street in Roxbury; the Harriet Tubman statue and an extraordinary sculpture called “Exodus” is on Columbus Ave as is the Harriet Tubman House; there’s the A. Philip Randolph statue and mini-Pullman museum in Back Bay Station.
There’s some other stuff, but it’s not coming to me off the top of my head.