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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
USD 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.
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Reviewed yesterday
A must do!

This was a wonderful and enlightening tour. Allison did an excellent job explaining the different transitions/events during the American slavery era. I am glad that I went and learned more about our history.

Thank LaTashia R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Excellent

We attended the NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Walking Tour and it was excellent. The knowledge and description of the tour guide was fantastic. The information was very interesting and would highly recommend this tour.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great tour!

We loved the tour of the Underground Railroad. Shawn was very knowledgeable and you can tell he is very passionate about history. It wasn’t a script he was reciting it was truly story telling and discussion about the role NYC played in the lives of...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Inspirational!

I joined the tour with my 10 year daughter. We thoroughly enjoyed all the stories and information that our tour guide Ludie shared with us. The tour was well-organized and inspiring. Ludie's words at the end of the tour were truly touching and thought-inspiring. I...More

Thank Juliesbs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Brilliant tour and great insight into New York and USA history

The tour guide Ludie was engaging, professional and clearly very well informed and passionate about her topic. Our tour actually lasted 3 hours but it was so interesting that the 3 hours flew by. There wasn't an awful lot of walking involved and participants were...More

Thank jaipur08
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