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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.

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
  • 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

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.

Customer Reviews

Natasha Watters N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was very detailed. The host appeared to be very knowledgeable and had pleasant demeanor. Would highly recommend.

Rebecca J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour provided such an interesting way to view NYC's history. The guide had his master's degree in the field, so he was very knowledgable. He was able to field all questions posed with ease. Despite the blistering heat, this tour was phenomenal!

Sharelle D

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.

irma g c

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.

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This was a very interesting tour. The tour guide Sean made it very interesting especially as it was a difficult subject.

Nanny of the ...  Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was most informative. The guide had a voice that everyone could clearly hear above the traffic. He did not walk too quickly. I would recommend this tour to Antonella interested in slavery.

Jerome W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Very good and informative tour

Pamella L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Very informational and interesting! Discovered things I did not know and the tour guide was excellent!!!!

Francine Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Extremely interesting. I learnt a great deal about the history of 'New Amsterdam'. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in this topic. The guide really knew his topic and gave plenty of opportunity to ask questions. The walk was not particularly arduous and the guide didn't rush ahead or make it difficult to keep up. The museum visit was excellent.

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Very interesting tour - lots of great information and knowledgeable guide

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