Philadelphia: Black History Walking Tour
- Walk in the footsteps of enslaved people, abolitionists, slaveholders, and America's founding fathers
- See locations along the Historic "Underground Railroad" where enslaved people risked their lives to escape
- Visit some of the most important sites in both America's and Philadelphia's history
Start the tour with a journey to Congo Square and visit the unmarked graves of free and enslaved victims of the yellow fever epidemic. Learn about the Quaker school where both Black and White students were educated together. See where the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1793. Hear about Martha Washington’s enslaved handmaiden who emancipated herself and others who traveled along the historic "Underground railroad". Learn about the Old London Coffee Shop where humans were inspected and sold into slavery. Walk in the footsteps of enslaved people, abolitionists, slaveholders and founding fathers as you hear about prominent early African-Americans.
Also visit: Independence Hall, The President’s House, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the First U.S. Supreme Court Building, the American Philosophical Society Museum, Library Hall, Thomas Jefferson Garden, the First and Second Bank of the U.S., Carpenter's Hall, New Hall Military Museum, Independence Square, Washington Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, Bicentennial Moon Tree, John Todd House, Bishop White House, Kidd House, Dock Creek, the 18th Century Gardens, the Merchant's Exchange, and the U.S. Customs House.
The guided tour will also identify the former locations for a number of historical locations of importance including Philadelphia Prison Site, Benjamin Rush House Site, Quaker Meeting House Site, Quaker School Site, Abolitionist’s House and more.
- Guided 90-minute walking tour
Prepare for the activity
Meet your guide holding a sign that says The Black Journey in front of the Independence Visitor Center, on the corner of 6th and Market Street, 599 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USAOpen in Google Maps ⟶
• The walking tour covers approximately 1.5 miles and lasts about 90 minutes