New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

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From $35.00

311 reviews   (4.85)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: New York, New York

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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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.

What's Included

Local guide

What's Not Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 4
  • CHILD: Age: 5 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

National Museum of the American Indian
(Exterior Visit) Built in 1907, Alexander Hamilton Custom House stands as a Beaux-Arts treasure commemorating the rise of trade and commerce in NYC with 3 floors of art and artifacts dedicated to Native Americans.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Battery Park
For more than 200 years, The Battery has been an invaluable part of New York City’s history. Decades before Ellis Island was built or the Statue of Liberty gazed down at incoming boats, millions of newcomers arrived at The Battery from Europe and elsewhere.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Fraunces Tavern Museum
(Exterior Visit) The location played a prominent role in history before, during, and after the American Revolution.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Wall Street
An actual wall existed on the street from 1685 to 1699. The heart of the financial system and the former location of the Wall was built by enslaved people.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Foley Square
Foley Square is the location of the “Triumph of the Human Spirit,” a sculpture honoring the presence of enslaved people in New York.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

African Burial Ground National Monument
African Burial Ground and memorial is the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in New York documenting the lives of enslaved people in New York.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


A fascinating tour with a...
Noam_O, 11-12-2022
A fascinating tour with a very knowledgeable and kind guide. We had a wonderful time.
Would definitely recommend to friends and family
585allisona, 27-11-2022
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.
This tour is New York as we want to know it!
daphnalevine, 27-11-2022
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.
Informative walking tour.
Ramaa P, 10-11-2022
We had a wonderful tour guide and the tour was very informative and educational! Enjoyed it and would highly recommend.
Absolutely wonderfully informative....
E7011VGdeniseb, 31-10-2022
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!!!

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