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NYC Slavery & the Underground Railroad Tour

Tour

Summary

Visit the site of the city’s first slave market and learn about the origins of slavery in colonial New York.

Discover the secret escapes of the Underground Railroad and view a former stop along this famous route.

Visit the African Burial Ground Memorial, a powerful tribute to the nation’s earliest known African and African American cemetery.

Learn the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks that became the Underground Railroad. Visit an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans in colonial America. View a former station of the Underground Railroad. Learn about the riots, revolts and dramatic escapes that occurred during the era of American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked their lives and properties to help people escape slavery.

Details

$35 per person

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1pm during April 1 through Oct 31 & Saturdays at 1pm during November through March

2.5 hours (1.5 MI / 2.4 KM)

Meeting Place: In front of the Museum of the American Indian [1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004]

End Point: Broadway [between Duane and Reade Streets]

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This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

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Reviews

"An educational and informative tour. The information was delivered clearly and the tour was well-paced for all those attending. I learned a lot about slavery in the early days of the city, and would strongly recommend this tour to anyone with a thirst for knowledge." --Julie D, Monopoli, Italy

"This walking tour was outstanding. [The Tour Guide] was able to masterfully balance the conversational heaviness of slavery with the positive energy of the railroad and its supporters. It is informative, allows you to see a little of the city, and enjoyable. I would recommend this walking tour to anyone who lives in or visits NYC." --SBeez, Portland, Oregon

"Fascinating and informative tour, included general info about NY history and the history of slavery, and a pleasant not too strenuous walk around Lower Manhattan. The conclusion was very powerful as well. Guide ..., with an advanced degree in History, knew his material, and answered numerous follow-up and other questions with detail and depth. Great tour!" --mwainge, Tokyo, Japan

Reviews

"An educational and informative tour. The information was delivered clearly and the tour was well-paced for all those attending. I learned a lot about slavery in the early days of the city, and would strongly recommend this tour to anyone with a thirst for knowledge." --Julie D, Monopoli, Italy

"Fascinating and informative tour, included general info about NY history and the history of slavery, and a pleasant not too strenuous walk around Lower Manhattan. The conclusion was very powerful as well. Guide ..., with an advanced degree in History, knew his material, and answered numerous follow-up and other questions with detail and depth. Great tour!" --mwainge, Tokyo, Japan

"This walking tour was outstanding. [The Tour Guide] was able to masterfully balance the conversational heaviness of slavery with the positive energy of the railroad and its supporters. It is informative, allows you to see a little of the city, and enjoyable. I would recommend this walking tour to anyone who lives in or visits NYC." --SBeez, Portland, Oregon

"Completely engaging history of the role of NYC in the slave trade, the perpetuation of slavery and the bravery of the abolitionists and those involved in the underground railroad. Our guide ... was knowledgeable, informative and managed to keep us and two children 11&14 fully engaged for 2.5 hours in soggy, cold and blustery weather. The history of the African Burial Ground and the Slave Market gave a tangible insight into the horrors of slavery and ongoing racism/inequality." --GOATS201, London, United Kingdom

"We took the Underground Railroad tour with this company in August and loved it! What struck us was the high level of expertise that the tour guide had. He was also enjoyable to listen to and friendly. The Underground Railroad and Slavery Tour was fabulous!" --Nise5, London, United Kingdom

"The guide was really knowledgeable, easy to understand and answered any question we asked. To get to know the details about how the slavery started in New York was really interesting and scary at the same time. The Slavery and Underground Railroad tour is a must when visiting New York." --Christoffer J

"A very intersting and informative tour of the slavery and underground railroad in New York. Our guide had an incredible knowledge and you could see his passion for the history. Totally recommend this tour. We did it as part of the New York pass." --Anthony S, Scarborough, Australia

Getting Here

Subway Options: 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or J or Z to Broad Street