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Manumission Tour Company

Alexandria, VA, USA
About Manumission Tour Company
Manumission Tour Company curates guided cultural heritage tours designed to highlight Alexandria’s extensive African American History. Owned by a fourth generation Alexandria, this company offers weekend guided walking February thru December. Our signature tour "Freedom’s Fight in Alexandria” is a 90 minute guided walking tour on the streets of Old Town which will give participants insight into Alexandria's pre-civil war history of urban slavery, and highlight runaway slaves, like Oscar Ball, and abolitionists, such as pharmacist Edward Stabler, who fought back against the "Peculiar Institution" of slavery.
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Manumission Tour Company curates guided cultural heritage tours designed to highlight Alexandria’s extensive African American History. Founded by a fourth generation Alexandrian, this company offers weekend guided walking tours.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended this tour and wound up being the only person on the tour (off season). Typically I don't favor that, as I prefer the conversation of a group, but it wound up being fine. Sylvia, my guide, was very knowledgeable and also easy to...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Kristin R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our “Duke Street Black History Walking Tour” today and can’t wait to do the “Freedom’s Fight in Alexandria Walking Tour” also offered by the Manumission Tour Company. Founder and owner John Taylor Chapman has crafted the tour expertly, with...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank susanmagoozen
Reviewed October 6, 2019

Mr. John Chapman brought history alive. His in-depth knowledge of African-American history was evident, and he delivered it through engaging vignettes. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in African American history or local history - for locals and tourists alike. Don't miss this...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank alexandraps19
Reviewed August 1, 2019

Mr. John Tracy Chapman is an extremely informative tour guide and a honorable public servant. In a personable style, Councilman Chapman brought history to life at each site we visited. The city of Alexandria’s role in shaping the state as well as the nation was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ZionSJC
Reviewed August 1, 2019

John gave us an amazing 2-Hour tour of historic Alexandria. I learned so much and he answered all of our questions about history. So enjoyable.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Camille H
Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

We had a great tour today with John! He has so much local and broader historical knowledge. This was a great way to wrap up our 3 week history journey through Virginia. All that happened with Alexandria’s slaves and freedmen, while Alexandria continues to grow...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank misskitty20004
Reviewed July 8, 2019

Not being terribly familiar with Alexandria or its history, I was intrigued to discover this company’s tour. Manumission’s tour guide John gave a vivid portrait of the city’s history from the perspective of those who were caught up in the slave trade. It was a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank LizzyJohn
Reviewed June 30, 2019

The wonderful storytelling delivery of history of the tour made the experience entertaining, even while much of the content is sobering. John interwove stories of black and white Alexandrians, and the history of the city. It left me wanting to learn more about this important...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Debbie B
Reviewed June 30, 2019

John hosts a great, thorough, well paced tour of African American History in Old Town. Although a local native, I did not know much about the rich African American history near my hometown and John filled the gap with facts pulled from what is clearly...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank DominiqueP1131
Reviewed June 24, 2019

Fascinating history of the contributions of blacks to the development of Alexandria, VA, brought to life by a an important figure in the city's current life who's committed to developing further scholarship along these lines.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Valerie P
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Response from JohnC14943 | Property representative |
Yes! We can definitely do a special tour for your family reunion and work in the Slave Museum!! Please let me know the best email address to reach you and I will send some additional questions so that we can nail down the... More