Discover the history of African American gospel music in New York on this 4-hour Sunday tour. Connect with your guide at Trinity Church in lower Manhattan in the morning, then ride the subway over to Brooklyn together (own expense). Spend the next 2 hours on an informative walking tour of Brooklyn Heights while learning about the evolution of gospel music.
Along the tour, see Plymouth Church, former home of the Jubilee Singers a cappella group that helped bring gospel into the mainstream. Hear stories about important figures in early gospel music, such as the ‘Father of Gospel Music’ Charlie A. Tindley and the influential artist Thomas A. Dorsey, who is said to have inspired the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Stroll past traditional Brooklyn brownstones and admire unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
Next, head to the historic Brooklyn Tabernacle, home of the Grammy-winning gospel choir. Attend a 2-hour Sunday church service featuring stirring sermons and the uplifting music of either the Brooklyn Tabernacle or a visiting gospel choir. When the service lets out, you can continue exploring Brooklyn on your own with a provided map, or your guide can point you in the direction back to Manhattan.