5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Take a walking tour of New York City and see the historic sites that tell the story of slavery and the Underground Railroad. Travel back in time to the 17th century when New York City was a Dutch colony named New Amsterdam. As you trace the Underground Railroad with your guide, learn about how it freed slaves in the 1800s with the help of key abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass, and discover how slavery played an important role in New York City’s early history and economy.


  • 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
  • See the NYC African-American Freedom Trail and visit the African Burial Ground Memorial
  • See abolitionist homes and churches and hear stories about important abolitionist figures, including Frederick Douglass

What You Can Expect

New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

Abolitionist Church, New York City

On this guided walking tour, journey back in time and trace the fascinating history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in New York City. Start your tour in Lower Manhattan, where you’ll see the site of Fort Amsterdam -- the first settlement in colonial Manhattan.

Visit the former site of the American Cotton Exchange, which housed the offices of two prominent abolitionists who fought against slavery. See the structures the slaves built, such as Collins Wall and Fort Fincastle; hear stories of slaves who were brought over from Africa on merchant ships; and learn about the important role the slaves played in transforming American society.

Stop at Wall Street to see the location of the first slave market in New York, and pass a former key location on the Underground Railroad where slaves hid while escaping to free states with the help of the abolitionists. At the African Burial Ground, considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the past century, view various historical artifacts and visit the African Burial Ground Monument.

Finally, walk to the former site of the first African-American church in New York, which was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. Nearby, see the still-standing home of one of the most influential anti-slavery activists in New York history, David Ruggles, who provided shelter on the Underground Railroad to abolitionist and former escaped slave Frederick Douglass.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour guide Ludi was amazing. Her energy and passion for the information was phenomenal! We all learned so much more than we thought possible. We especially liked the Underground Railroad oyster bar location. I've known about slaves,,my whole life, but hearing how they were treated in a more detailed way, helps ,me appreciate my life all the more.
Thank you for having this tour available. Everyone should take this tour, regardless of race.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an excellent tour led by a guide well versed in the history with a clear, fascinating story to tell. We learned a lot . I would recommend it to anyone.

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