Half-Day African-American New York City Heritage Tour

Harlem Spirituals - New York Visions

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Explore the rich history and legacy of Black New Yorkers. Learn about their life in colonial New York City since 1613 under Dutch then, British rule. Visit Wall Street which housed a slave market a transformative commodity that gave rise to the American economy. See the African Burial Ground and the sites of the first black churches and communities downtown in the Five Points district, Little Africa in the Village, and Uptown's York Hill / Seneca Village now Central Park.

Visit Harlem a Mecca for intellectuals, writers, and artists who forged the Harlem Renaissance. See the Schomberg center for research in Black Culture. Explore the trajectory of Black New Yorkers through their resilience in the face of adversity, their creativity in the face of abject oppression, and their skillful political organization that has forever shaped American life.

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Stop At: South Street Seaport Historic District, 12-14 Fulton St. between Water & South Streets, NY

See some of the oldest architecture and the largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings in the city. New York was a major player in the Tans-Atlantic Slave Trade which persisted despite it being outlawed.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Wall Street, New York City, NY 10005

Built by Africans to protect the Dutch settlement, Wall street
Housed NYC’s First Slave Market where African and Native Americans were bought, sold, and leased as day laborers.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street, New York City, NY 10006

Archives from June 1696 mention that the church used slave labor to construct a thirst church. The church practiced services for enslaved and free africans like catechism, burials, in its churchyard and was a precursor to the Free African Schools.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: African Burial Ground National Monument, Duane and Elk Streets next to 290 Broadway, New York City, NY

Workers on a construction site uncovered the remains of more than 419 Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries; the largest colonial-era cemetery for people of African descent. The memorial was dedicated in 2007 to commemorate the role of Africans and African Americans in colonial and federal New York City, and in United States history.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Foley Square, 111 Worth St Apt 4G, New York City, NY 10013-4017

Originally the site of New York City's first free black settlement, by 1850 the Five Points district in lower Manhattan had instead become infamous for its dance halls, bars, gambling houses, prostitution, and for its mixed-race clientele.

Pass By: Greenwich Village, New York, NY, USA

Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side and Lower Manhattan was the home to North America’s earliest free Black settlement in the 1640s. Minetta Lane, Street and Place were called “Little Africa” . Mother AME Zion Church was the first Black church in New York City.

Pass By: Central Park, Central Park, New York City, New York

Before Central Park was created, from West 82nd to West 89th Street was the site of Seneca Village, a community of predominantly African-Americans, many of whom owned property. The residents were forced to leave when The city acquired the land through eminent domain

Stop At: Harlem, 110th to 150th streets, New York City, NY

Explore Harlem and witness its ongoing renaissance.

Duration: 1 hour

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • A few stops to walk around the neighborhoods and take pictures
  • Informative, friendly, professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Wall Street

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - African Burial Ground National Monument

4 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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