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New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

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New York, United States

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Uncover a unique part of New York history not always brushed upon during this New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad tour. Follow the NYC Freedom Trail, and learn how a group of brave men and women forged the network that became the Underground Railroad. View the former city stations that were included on the Underground Railroad, and discover how New Yorkers risked their lives to help people escape slavery.
  • Trace the Underground Railroad, and learn learn about its role in freeing slaves
  • See the NYC African-American Freedom Trail
  • A guide tells you stories about important abolitionist figures of the time
  • An afternoon start time allows you to fit this tour in before dinner
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004, USA

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
African Burial Ground National Monument
One of the stops.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Inside Out Tours LLC

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour?
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The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour.

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  • "I really wish that I could have taken the Niagara falls NY and Canada sections of this railroad, but they are requiring that you sign up for two people when you register." See review

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Damarus was fabulous and even though we froze through the tour would not leave it. Thank you
justmailgail
, Dec 2019
Damarus was fabulous and even though we froze through the tour would not leave it. Thank you Everyone needs to know this stuff.
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Very instructive
acfaucquez
, Oct 2019
This tour is amazing, we look at New York City through a totally different angle. Understanding that New York became what it is now because of enslaved Africans toil is something everyone should now. Not only history nerds, slavery was not a Southern institution, it was part of American history as a whole.
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Poignant & Informative
Donna P
, Sep 2019
This was a deeply historical & densely informative tour. Having said that, it is also incredibly moving & touches your soul. It was not easy to hear about all the injustices that occurred & how NYC prospered through the slave trade, but I’d recommend for people to go & learn & ponder how we should value each other.
star-5
Super Great Experience
Aaron H
, Aug 2019
I was really happy that we took this tour. Our tour guide was very good. She told the history of New York in such a meaningful and impactful way. I even learned some new things that I did not know before. 2.5 hour tour felt like 30 minutes. I would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent-a must do
demi0925
, Aug 2019
Demaris was amazing! Great tour!!! She was so knowledgeable and interacted with the entire group. A must do when visiting NYC.
star-4
Very Informative
Sunshine788548
, Jul 2019
The guide was energetic and thorough and handled sensitive information well. The tour went at a reasonable pace, and the information given was thought provoking. I especially liked ending at the burial ground, and that we had time to just experience the memorial.
star-4
Great guide
DSLS
, Jun 2019
Demaris, the guide, was very knowledgeable but did walk a tad too fast. The title is a bit misleading as there was little mention of The Underground Railroad. It did very into the history of colonial NY, the slave trade and early black history. Would recommend.
star-5
Unknown facts of slavery
Global42756181483
, Mar 2019
This was a fabulous tour giving you information about the role NYC played in the slave trade and also facts about slavery that you never knew. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
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Its a wonderful walking tour- so much...
Mark N
, Dec 2017
Its a wonderful walking tour- so much knowledge and a great guide
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The tour guide was late. He rushed...
Sharlene C
, Oct 2017
The tour guide was late. He rushed through the tour.

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