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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
From 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.
Reviews (67)
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Slavery and Underground Railroad tour

Our guide, Allison, was amazing. A passionate storyteller, she shared a history of the city (and the country) that has largely been ignored in textbooks and in common lore. New York City was a key player complicit in the establishment and enforcement of slavery in...More

Thank 530jeannej
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great tour!

This is a great walking tour for those who want to learn more about New York City’s role in the slave trade era- Damaris was very knowledgable and open. Make sure to rug up if you’re coming in Winter!

Thank Ecords
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very Informative

Very interesting and informative. We learned things that we didn't know. Damarus is very passionate about the subject and it showed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cruiser601690
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing.

My husband and I did the Underground Railroad walking tour. Damaras was the guide. She was amazing! So well spoken, so intelligent on the information and bubbly! The information and stories she told were so interesting and we both learned a lot. Definitely one of...More

Thank kristasX4963KH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great walking tour to learn about a lesser known part of US history

Our tourguide “D” did a good job, she shared a huge amount of information with us and presented this in an open, authentic manner. It was very interesting to hear about this part of US History. I was aware of the basics, but it is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Diana V
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