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New York: 2.5-Hour Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

4.6 / 5

47 reviews

New York: 2.5-Hour Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

From US$ 35 per person

Go back in the time on this 2.5-hour tour to when slavery was the law of the land and the secret Underground Railroad the only path to freedom. Discover how slaves built New York City and how a brave band of people faced danger to rescue fugitive slaves.

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  • Enjoy a historical and informative walking tour of Lower Manhattan
  • Learn about the early African-American history of New York and how African-Americans impacted the creation of the city
  • See Fraunces Tavern, Trinity Church, Wall Street, and the African Burial Ground National Memorial and Museum
  • Visit former locations on the Underground Railroad
  • Enjoy this tour as featured on ABC News, NBC News, Newsday, and Amsterdam News
Full description
Follow the Freedom Trail in New York! Learn the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks in Brooklyn and Manhattan that became the Underground Railroad.  Visit an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans in colonial America. View the former stations, including the former locations of homes and churches, that were on the Underground Railroad. Learn about the riots, revolts and dramatic escapes that occurred during American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked life and property to help people escaping American Slavery.
  • 2.5-hour walking tour
  • Licensed New York tour guide
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    In front of American Indian Museum - 1 Bowling Green NY, NY 10004

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • Wear comfortable walking shoes as you explore lower Manhattan on a 2.5-hour tour. There will be a bathroom break inside one building.
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    4.6 /5

    based on 47 reviews

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    Eye opening!

    Ludie was an inspirational tour guide. She was so steeped in the history and personally passionate and connected to the story. She was sensitive and yet kept the story real. I am a New Yorker and I learned so much about NY’s own history of slavery and the Underground Railroad. I highly highly recommend.

    August 17, 2019

    Emm, I didn't know that about New York City!

    Wow, some interesting finds right under my nose in NYC. Ms Damaras was our guide. She was very kind. She answered all our awkward questions. And made us laugh from time to time. I was surprised to see the many different demographics of people who joined the tour. It filled me with joy to meet people from France, Germany & Boston on this tour. I will book it again next time I have guest visiting me in New York!

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    July 11, 2019

    This tour was excellent. Shaun was extremely knowledgeable and had many fascinating stories to share about the American slave trade. It was a rainy afternoon, but it didn't matter; he thoughtfully delivered most of the information while we were sheltered and the tour was so interesting, the weather was barely noticeable. I would love to do the tour again – if I was still in the USA! – and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of America's history of black slavery. 10/10

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    April 13, 2018

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