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New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

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  • 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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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 (68)
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Fun tour with engaging guide Allison

Allison did a great job with our tour, and was very engaging with a subject that can be difficult. I was taken by Allison very deliberate use of language and how she told us that regularly and used that as a jumping off point for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank zslurz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad tour and guide Allison are amazing.

The NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad tour was a great way to learn about NYC’s not so pretty history. Allison was an amazing guide who’s passion for the city’s history and social justice was infectious. She was engaging, respectful, knowledgeable and made the experience and...More

Thank stephm2905
Reviewed 1 week 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 2 weeks 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
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