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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

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Address: 826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107
Phone Number: +1 901-527-3427
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Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this...

Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this plantation, one of the stations of the Underground Railroad.

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Slave Haven: Underground Railroad Museum and History Combo Tour
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Memphis African American Heritage Tour With Transportation
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African American History Tour of Memphis - Overview Tour

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The tour was pieced together with three different tour guides. It is a very small place so each guide just did a room or two. You jumped in whenever you arrived because the tour... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Deborah H
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Bloomington, Illinois
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Bloomington, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour was pieced together with three different tour guides. It is a very small place so each guide just did a room or two. You jumped in whenever you arrived because the tour just moves in a circle. I thought the ticket price was a little high. Good information but some was just telling us what I could read... More 

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Spokane, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum brings a horrible time in our nation's history alive. This humble house near the Mississippi was a stop on the road to freedom - Canada. Not the North, as we erroneously believed. Their displays paint a vivid picture of discrimination and racism, which has not been eradicated in this country. The guides are interesting and incredibly knowledgeable. The... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The house worked as a part of the underground railway helping escaping slaves to travel north. Full of interesting stuff, but guiding needed to be fully understood. The guides we encountered were awesome, balancing each other with very different personalities but also very deep knowledge. The house looks small but with all the information you get inside, it's well worth... More 

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Northern Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our tour of the Burke Estate Museum (Slave Haven). It was slow in the off-season, and the staff was a few minutes late opening up. It's a fairly small pre-civil war house, with some displays relating primarily to slavery and the slave trade in the early 19th century. Our guide led us down into the cellar where it... More 

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DeLand, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Learned a lot, the tour guide was informative and personable. The tour was $10 per person and less then an hour. Very sad on how badly slaves were treated and obtained and used a lot in Memphis.

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Fairmount, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must for anyone interested in learning about slavery. It was a very powerful and moving tour. It also was a very emotional one. The guide was very knowledgeable. We'd definitely recommend this tour. We arrived well before the opening time of 10 am. There was a small sitting area out back, and just before 10:00 am, 2... More 

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Fairmount, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this tour today and are so glad we did! The guide was excellent and we learned so much. Everyone should do this tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was just something that we happened to find. Fascinating information about the Underground Railroad. Very well done presentation. Unfortunately, it is obvious that the attraction is in need of funding--the house needs some repairs, and the general upkeep seems to be deteriorating. It would be a shame to have to close this attraction as it is VERY informative and... More 

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Thank TulsaNana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had heard about the museum recently and decided to drop in. The tour was very well put together, the staff was very knowledgeable. The tour is very thorough, and even having studied African-American history for most of my life, I still learned a great amount. The tour is not meant to teach you 400 years of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Important stop to better understand the pre-civil war during civil war era - how the slaves were treated and how they learned to disseminate information by "codes" to help many escape to freedom & the underground railways. What they don't tell you in the classroom.

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