New Orleans: African American Heritage Walking Tour
12 Ratings
New Orleans
Explore the rich African American heritage of New Orleans on a fascinating 2-hour walking tour. Discover the history, culture, and contributions of African descendants to the city's food, music, religion, and architecture.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Congo Square - Your tour guide will take you to the famous Square Congo, now part of Armstrong Park on the edge of the French Quarter in the Faubourg Treme where hundreds of African slaves and laborers congregated to trade goods, play music, dance, and socialize.
  • French Quarter - We will walk at the French Quarter in the theme of African American culture and history. Learn from where come traditions of voodoo, dance, Jazz music, Creole food & architecture
What's Included
  • Experienced tour guide
What's Not Included
  • TIPS
Additional Information

On this two-hour walking exploration, you’ll discover how the first Africans arrived in New Orleans in 1719, only a year after the city’s establishment. These people were forcibly relocated from the Senegambia region of West Africa. The 1720s saw about five thousand Africans survive the harrowing journey to French Louisiana, followed by an approximately equal-sized group in the 1780s, brought by the Spanish from Benin and Congo. While in the colonial era, these African slaves cleared forests, cultivated crops, and developed city infrastructure.
Throughout your tour, you’ll witness the powerful influence of African culture in New Orleans, ranging from food and music to religion and architecture.
Your guide will escort you to the renowned Congo Square, now a section of Armstrong Park on the French Quarter’s border in the Faubourg Treme. This place served as a meeting point for countless African slaves and laborers to barter goods, create music, dance, and interact.

401 Decatur St
Decatur Street
Please meet your tour guide at the meeting point 15 MIN before the tour starts
Cancellation Policy

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

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Mar 20, 2024
The best tour guide in New Orleans - The tour was amazing, I learned a lot about the culture of New Orleans, my History and the beginning of Jazz. You definitely will enjoy this walking tour, the tour guide did an excellent job and has the knowledge of our History. All of my questions were answered. Thank you
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Mar 8, 2024
Amazing Tour!! - Keynin was polite, friendly, and gave us the tea on everything and everyone. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the tour and recommended a great place to get a poboy. Tour and food 10/10
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Mar 2, 2024
New Orleans African American Heritage Walking Tour - Very knowledgeable-came away with a more nuanced understanding of the city's origins and its challenging history. Would highly recommend the tour.
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Nov 17, 2023
Knowledgeable and passionate tour guide - Louis Armstrong Park: seeing evidence of offerings under an old tree brought the past and the present together in a way that I would have never seen has I not seen had I not gone on this tour.
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Oct 12, 2023
Amazing eye-opening tour - Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told a unique perspective on New Orleans history. The city has such a rich tapestry of history that was told beautifully.
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Sep 5, 2023
The scariest story - Keynin was my tour guide and he was more than knowledgable about new orleans (born and raised, local musician) shows and tells you the story not popularly told. He did a great job and at the end of the tour if you can beg him to, ask him to show you the scariest story. Enjoy and thank me later.
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Jul 11, 2023
Tour guide Keynin was... - Tour guide Keynin was excellent and provided so much information, background, and context to the various historic spots we toured.
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Jun 17, 2023
Girl Time - Great tour, guide was extremely knowledgeable about the people, the culture, and the area. Saw many sights. Will recommend this tour to others
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Oct 26, 2023
Skip All The Nonsense - So, I had the same tour guide, for this tour, as I did when I took The Garden District Tour. Right away, the tour guide tried to extort more money out of me. He said I was rude, because he wasn’t happy with the tip I gave him for the previous tour. And, he threatened to not run the tour at all. You see, no one else had bought a ticket for this group tour either. And, so the guide was going to cancel it without refund, because he was trying to use blackmail to get a bigger tip. News flack! While it is a good idea to tip when you travel, tips are still suppose to be optional. And, you should never feel pressured to tip more than you are comfortable with (like this tour guide was trying to pressure me to do). Skip the problems from an incompetent guide and just go read the plaques in Congo Square yourself. It will be more accurate information.
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up to 15 guests
July 2024