On May 24th, 1854, A Black man named Anthony Burns was arrested on the charge of robbing a silversmith shop. Although the charge was fake, it would be the start of a real journey that would see the first legal challenge to the Fugitive Slave act, the galvanizing of Boston abolitionists, and a riot that would lead to mayhem, death, and ultimately…hope.
The Histrionic Academy’s Anthony Burns walking tour is a fascinating and vital trip through time that will take you the Boston of the 1850’s where tensions are riding at a fever pitch due to abolitionist anger of the slave trade and the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. You will walk the very same streets that Anthony Burns had walked as he breathed the air of freedom while trying to keep ahead of the specter of enslavement.
This 2-hour tour will not only illuminate an important, yet forgotten chapter that would lead us into the US Civil War, highlight the efforts of both Black and White citizens in the struggle against slavery, but also will put into context what it means to live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”.