• Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

Mark N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Its a wonderful walking tour- so much knowledge and a great guide

Brenda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Very comprehensive tour. The guide was well informed and enlightening. I will surely recommend this tour to friends and family living outside of New York City as well as NYC residents. Wonderful!

Barbara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

I highly recommend this tour. The guide was knowledgeable We learned things that people walk by everyday and do not see.
This is a must do for people who like history.

Susana G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Even under heavy rain we have a very interesting tour. Shawn the tour guide,is very knowledgeable person on the subject.

Laurana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

I had no idea that New York offered so much to learn about Slavery and the Underground Railway. This was fantastic!! My guide Ludi was sensational!! Her knowledge was endless and her passion for the subject and it's importance was beyond measure!!!!! I am so glad I participated in this!! And I'm not posting any pictures because as I explained to family and friends - I only took a couple of pics as I was too busy listening and learning.

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing tour. Our tour guide, Lolita, was full of knowledge and shared it with our group. Be aware that there is a lot of walkingon this tour. Fascinating and sad part of our history that we don't learn in school.opens the door to more exploring of the area.

Tam W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Educational and eye-opening

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.

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