New York City Slavery And Underground Railroad Tour

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    1:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004, USA
  • Return Details :
    African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, USA
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Learn the contributions of enslaved people to NYC including the brave uprisings against oppression. Then discover the exciting history of the Underground Railroad, a network of clandestine routes and safe houses used by enslaved African Americans primarily to escape into free states and Canada.

Visit an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans in colonial America. Visit the site of a former station on the Underground Railroad. Learn about the revolts, kidnappings and dramatic escapes that occurred during the era of American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked their lives and properties to help people escape slavery on this historical New York City walking tour.


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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 youll 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.


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Entry/Admission - Wall Street

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

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  • 27-Nov-2022

    Lulie was absolutely an amazing guide! This tour was so wonderful! I highly recommend taking this tour and then the Harlem Church tour. Both were great and played well hand in hand.

  • 27-Nov-2022

    Ludie is a dream guide. Full of power, energy, and passion. She tells the local story of slavery, racism, and heroism in a way that cannot leave you indifferent. The emotional involvement, theatre ability, and her audience's perception are so high that we could see the city story resurrected through her eyes.

  • 10-Nov-2022

    We had a wonderful tour guide and the tour was very informative and educational! Enjoyed it and would highly recommend.

  • 31-Oct-2022

    I can't begin to tell you how absolutely wonderful the tour was. I was disappointed that NY city and torn down or destroyed much of the evidence of the existence of its participation in slave trade and slavery all together. However, the vass amount of information that was told about the times from the untold story about the purchase of NY island to the burial ground found while digging the foundation for a new skyscraper 5 years ago. I love the monuments designed and built in recognition of NYs participation in slavery and the apology displayed on the site. As a person of color there is never enough done to make up for the horrifying slavery atrocity, what was done did feel genuine. Love the tour guide too on 10-29-22 @1:00pm. She was very heartfelt and knowledgeable about the information she was imparting to the tourists.. She was absolutely fabulous... 10,10,10,10 overall score 10!!!

  • 30-Oct-2022

    We learned a great deal and found the whole tour informative. Our tour guide, Donald, was excellent and even though it was at times hard to hear - maybe his microphone wasn't always working, we just stood closer and didn't miss out. He was extremely knowledgeable. So glad we did it.

  • 24-Oct-2022

    A group of families from our school took this tour together. Sean the tour guide was extremely knowledgable, friendly and a fantastic guide. The tour was very informative, and included a great deal of history of NYC, slavery and the Underground Railroad that none of us had heard before. We could have easily spent more time at each site to delve more deeply. It was a fantastic tour. Highly recommended.

  • 17-Oct-2022

    Engaging, emotional, and crucial learning happened on the NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour. Donald, our tour guide, did a great job - it may have been one of his first days - and knew so much history and many stories, also quick with a smile. I regret not asking questions, but was so filled with introspection at each tour stop. All of the stops were informative, especially the final stop at the African Burial Grounds. The mounds were beautiful, terrible, and required deep thought to process. I wish to encourage every person, in particular white Americans and white folks from other countries to take this tour while visiting NYC. Thank you Inside Out tours for this experience, I was left wanting much more.

  • 17-Oct-2022

    We liked the ending with the visit to the cemetary. Wishing that more knowledge of the complicity of Wall Street and the North was shared rather than glanced over...

  • 16-Oct-2022

    Worth the time. It was a little hard to hear, and I wish there had been more stories, but we each learned something.

  • 13-Oct-2022

    I had read about the tour in Clint Smith’s How the Word is Passed and was fascinated. I experienced how the word was passed yesterday in waves of fact, perspective, joy, horror, and how the world has changed and yet still remains the same. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, open to questions/comments, patient, and she really made the tour special. Kudos all around. Adam

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