Image courtesy of New Bedford National Historic Park
February is Black History Month in Massachusetts and across the United States, as we gather to celebrate the history, culture, cuisine and milestones of African-Americans throughout the Commonwealth.
The Mass Office of Travel & Tourism has suggestions on how to enjoy Black History Month all through February but also throughout the year. In addition, here are some handy resources to discover and a selection of special events taking place throughout the month. Enjoy!
The Trustees of Reservations has stories and events to honor Black History Month in its properties across the Commonwealth.
The Greater Boston Convention + Visitors Bureau has curated a complete list of resources and events for celebrating Black History Month, from walking the Black Heritage Trail and visiting the Museum of African American History, to sampling great cuisine and visiting neighborhoods like Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester, the heart of Boston’s Black community.
The Boston Public Library has a series of events throughout the event, and recommendations on books to help you discover African-American heritage. On February 17, MassHumanities offers a free online lecture, Researching African American Ancestors in New England.
On February 24, the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy presents Black Voices Storytime for children.
Cape & Islands
Check out the illustrious history and culture of the Black community on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
A preview of Worcester’s Black History Trail is on display at Worcester City Hall this month.
South of Boston
The New Bedford Whaling Museum and National Park presents a rich history of the Black experience in New Bedford and the southeast coast of Massachusetts, including many Black seamen who worked on the whaling ships, as well as the compelling story of fugitive slaves who made it to New Bedford through the underground railroad.
North of Boston
Creative North Shore has compiled some amazing events and resources to celebrate Black History Month, from Lynn and Salem to Lawrence and Lowell.
In the Berkshires, be sure to check out the African American Heritage Trail, the homesite of Black leader W.E.B. De Bois and various events to celebrate Black History Month.
On February 12 in Northampton, Under the Pines presents a walking tour, film screening and discussion of Black History Month.
For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to VisitMA.com.