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""One way to commemorate Black History Month this February is to learn about and recognize the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has compiled a list of Black History Month resources, including walking tours and heritage trails. They showcase the lives and work of important figures in the African American community and how their efforts have shaped the Commonwealth and the country. Sites around Massachusetts include:

  • African American Heritage Trail Upper Housatonic Valley — Covering 29 towns in Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail isn’t necessarily walkable, but it is rich in history. For an educational day trip, print out a heritage trail map, pack up the car, and visit historic sites — including the boyhood home of W.E.B. Du Bois — in Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and more.

Whether you take a guided tour or head out on your own with map in hand, set aside some time this Black History Month to learn more about the impact African Americans have had on the course of Massachusetts’ and America’s history.

Comment below or tweet us @MassGov to share your plans for Black History Month.

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