Underground Railroad Tour: NYC's Slavery History Unveiled
364 Ratings
New York
Uncover the hidden history of NYC's enslaved people and their brave uprisings. Explore the Underground Railroad's secret routes and hear stories of courage and triumph on this historical walking tour.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • 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.
What's Included
  • Local expert guide provides insights
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information

Explore the crucial role played by enslaved individuals in shaping NYC and their courageous resistance against subjugation. Delve into the intriguing history of the Underground Railroad, a secret system of pathways and sanctuaries used primarily by enslaved African Americans to flee to free states and Canada.

Tour an excavation site and monument honoring the legacy of enslaved Africans in colonial America. Explore the area of a past station on the Underground Railroad. Understand the insurgencies, abductions, and daring breakaways that marked the American slavery period. Hear stories of bravery and victory and learn about the actual New Yorkers who risked their lives and assets to aid in the flight from slavery on this historical New York City walking tour.

1 Bowling Green
Bowling Green
In front of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Cancellation Policy

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

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May 19, 2024
Loved the African history tour of downtown NYC - Sean was an excellent guide, extremely knowledgeable, the pacing was perfect. He was passionate about the information he provided.
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Apr 8, 2024
Great explanations of the... - Great explanations of the history of slavery and New York's and USA role in it. Loved the pictures of the individuals involved.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 31, 2024
Eye opening thoughtful walking tour - Wonderful tour guide. She shared a wealth of challenging history and details while connecting with the humanity of the people involved in the events. In the time we had I learned so much, and it gave me a great, jumping off, point to die even deeper into this history.
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Feb 4, 2024
Great tour and life changing. - Hands down. Great tour. Not Sugar coated and I appreciated that from the guide. I learned a tremendous about of history. I was particularly amazed at how much of New York (up north) owes its grandiose from Black human trafficking — especially the Stock Exchange. It was sad but we have to get the truth and facts out there. I learned about Dr Smith, the best physician in New York, a black man who at the end of his life had no family because of the tragedy of “passing” by his descendants. I was excited to see the African American burial Ground. It was solemn and powerful. Overall I was just thankful for this tour and the guide because it changed how I see the Justice system and made me realize that Black Americans have come a long way in a short time but there is still more to go and the American past is affects the present. It’s sad and scary that some school systems don’t want any of this American history taught.
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Jan 13, 2024
Engaging and educational! - We learned a lot! The tour guide was friendly, personable and invited questions. He gave book recommendations related to the topic too.
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Dec 31, 2023
NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour - This walking tour was fantastic! We learned so much about the history of slavery in NYC, and its role in supporting, influencing and financing the slave trade nationally and globally. A sobering and heartbreaking lesson about our nation’s history. Our tour guide Stacey Toussaint was excellent for our group of 20+ adults and teens. The 2.5 hours was a perfect length of time.
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Dec 31, 2023
Insightful walk around Wall Street and its history and the role of slavery in New York - A fantastic insight into the role of slavery in the development of New York. Our guide was excellent, it was a wet and cold day with a horrible sharp breeze but she kept us enthralled throughout.
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Dec 11, 2023
New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour - The tour was excellent. The guide was excellent and very interesting. It was a real pleasure to discover these ancient buildings and their history.
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Dec 9, 2023
Must do NYC tour - Incredible experience. We never wanted the tour to end. Maia was a personable and earnest fountain of knowledge. And we saw parts of NYC we never would have visited.
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Dec 5, 2023
Inside Out Tours provides an in-depth historical experience - Fantastic!!! Stacey, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable, informative, professional. She spoke clearly and delivered a powerful message of New York City history that is probably not widely known ... but should be.
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up to 9 guests
1 Adult
July 2024