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NYC Slavery & the Underground Railroad Walking 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.

This tour is included in the New York Pass, Explorer Pass, and Go City Build Your Own Pass.

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Reviews

"The Slavery/Underground railroad tour was wonderfully informative. We learned about the history of slaves / how NYC was part of the triangle trade / the conditions under the Dutch and then under the British / the role slaves held in creating the city...and so much more. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and open to all questions, even those that didn't have anything to do with the tour topic." - TheatreCat55, New York

"Of the many tours I did while in NYC, this one was by far the most memorable, and most important. The tour guide was fantastic, she was knowledgeable, engaging and clearly passionate about the topic. Do not miss the opportunity!!" - Amanda A, Canada

"Our guide was very knowledgeable and could share what he knows in an engaging and entertaining way, but respectful of all the issues that slavery created. The tour was well organised and I thought it very fitting that we finished at the sacred African burial ground memorial. We learnt a lot about the buildings, sites and people connected with slavery." - Christine M, Australia

Reviews

"Interesting and informative tour that went into detail about the history of slavery in New York while also covering many of the well known sites of lower Manhattan. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about this topic. We did several walking tours during our stay in Manhattan and this was our favorite." - laurenchild1987, New Zealand

"The Slavery/Underground railroad tour was wonderfully informative. We learned about the history of slaves / how NYC was part of the triangle trade / the conditions under the Dutch and then under the British / the role slaves held in creating the city...and so much more. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and open to all questions, even those that didn't have anything to do with the tour topic." - TheatreCat55, New York

"Our guide was very knowledgeable and could share what he knows in an engaging and entertaining way, but respectful of all the issues that slavery created. The tour was well organised and I thought it very fitting that we finished at the sacred African burial ground memorial. We learnt a lot about the buildings, sites and people connected with slavery." - Christine M, Australia

"This tour exceeded our expectations. We had read the NYTimes article on this tour and found it to be even better than the article described. We learned so much about the history of slavery in NYC. Who knew?!" - Sheri Y, New Jersey

"An excellent, educational walking tour that reveals some of the sites in lower Manhattan associated with the slavery trade. The guide, who was a history teacher, was perfect at revealing our important history lesson." - 776judyr, Wyoming

"online booking was easy and hassle free. The tour itself was excellent. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable and imparted a lot of information in a very relaxed style while answering all questions fully. I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour to any visiting the Big Apple" - brendan55, Ireland

"Of the many tours I did while in NYC, this one was by far the most memorable, and most important. The tour guide was fantastic, she was knowledgeable, engaging and clearly passionate about the topic. Do not miss the opportunity!!" - Amanda A, Canada

"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, Italy

Getting Here

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