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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 US$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 (62)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Incredible, informative, and educational

I went on this tour on a Saturday afternoon and it was really amazing to learn so much true and unfiltered history about NYC and its role in American and world history during the decades and centuries of enslaved people and the underground railroad. Our...More

Thank I9035XD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great tour

Our tour guide was Allison and she did an amazing job. There is a lot to go over and a lot to see in a short time. It’s a hard tour to give as the topic can be difficult, but inspiring stories of those who...More

Thank Geoff S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Slavery and Underground Railroad Walking Tour NYC

Allison, our tour leader, did an excellent job explaining the background, history and events related to slavery and the underground railroad in lower Manhattan. She was passionate about sharing her knowledge with us. Who learned this in school? Who knew there was a slave market...More

Thank berns424
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome Tour

Allison was great! The pace was manageable, my 9 year-old kept up with no problem but younger kids or more restless types might not do well. This tour is packed with a great deal of information!

Thank Leigh J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Interesting and Informative and Sad!

Our Tour Guide Dee (short for I have forgotten but she said we could call her Dee) was great, she kept us amused whilst giving us an informative and interesting tour. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to know more about how America...More

Thank Lynne B
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