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New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

Highlights
  • Guided walking tour of New York City slavery and Underground Railroad sites
  • Trace the Underground Railroad with your local guide and learn about its role in freeing slaves
  • Visit the site of Fort Amsterdam, the first settlement in colonial Manhattan
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New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
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New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour
US$35.00
Overview
Follow the New York City Freedom Trail and learn how a group of brave men and women forged the network that became the Underground Railroad on this guided, 2.5-hour walking tour. See the site of Fort Amsterdam, the first settlement in colonial Manhattan. Visit the African Burial Ground National Monument, a memorial dedicated to enslaved Africans in colonial America. View the former New York City stations that were included on the Underground Railroad and discover how New Yorkers risked their lives to help people escaping slavery.
What to Expect
Begin this walking tour at the Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan. Then get ready to journey back in time to trace the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in New York City.

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century African-American slaves to escape to freedom with the help of abolitionists and allies who supported their cause. This path from slavery to freedom ran right through New York City, where thousands of people, including noted social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, escaped to the most populated city in the nation.

Visit the site of Fort Amsterdam, the first settlement in colonial Manhattan, and learn about the important role slaves played in transforming American society. Walk down Wall Street and see where slaves hid while escaping to free states with the help of abolitionists.

Visit the African Burial Ground National Monument, a sacred space in Manhattan and memorial dedicated to enslaved Africans in colonial America. It has been called the most important archaeological find of the 20th century and is an important reminder of a period in New York City history that is oftentimes forgotten.

Finally, walk to the former site of the first African-American church in New York, which was also one of the stops on the Underground Railroad.
Reviews (58)
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Interesting and Informative and Sad!

Our Tour Guide Dee (short for I have forgotten but she said we could call her Dee) was great, she kept us amused whilst giving us an informative and interesting tour. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to know more about how America...More

Thank Lynne B
Reviewed 4 days ago
Phenomenal Tour - Learned So Much!!!

I've lived in New York my entire life (more than 50 years) and never knew about slavery in NYC. We were not taught this in school. Our guide, Demaris was extremely knowledgeable and never hesitated when asked a question. Her passion for the subject matter...More

Thank sheryl s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sad tale of greed and abuse

Stefan was our guide. He's a native New Yorker and well informed on this topic. He's a tad long winded but he is aware of that and makes an effort to mitigate that trait. You get a lot of context for slavery in NYC. Mostly...More

Thank AmosRedux
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile
Insightful

My older sister, 19 year old son and I wen on the tour. Our tour guide Andrew, was great. He was not a fast walker and could be heard very well without a mic. He answered all of my son's questions who never left his...More

Thank Bea L
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile
Great Tour

Went on the tour today and was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't a lot of walking. The tour is super educational and gives you stories you can share with others. Full of emotion and I think many people should do this to better understand the...More

Thank PestySpec
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