The homes located on Smith Court on the north slope of Beacon Hill typify the types of homes African Americans lived in during the nineteenth century in Boston. Click the map below to learn more about these houses and their occupants. 


  • Kathryn Grover and Janine V. da Silva, “Historic Resource Study Guide: Boston African American National Historic Sites.” 
  • Donald M. Jacobs ed. Courage and Conscience: Black and White Abolitionists in Boston (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993). 
  • James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, Black Bostonians: Family Life and Community Struggle in the Antebellum North (New York: Holmes and Meier, 1999). 
  • Dorothy Porter Wesley and Contance Porter Uzelac, ed. William Cooper Nell, Nineteenth-Century African American Abolitionist, Historian Integrationist: Selected Writings from 1832-1874 (Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 2002), 50-56.

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Smith Court Residences

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