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African American Walking Tour of NYC

New York, United States

Experience hosted by Lawrence

3 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 10 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

This unique three-part, 3 hours, walking tour will begin where Manhattan began - at the National Museum of the American Indian. Each part of the tour will last approximately 1 hour. This first leg of the tour will start in the Financial District. Specifically, Bowling Green, where the first enslaved Africans started building the infrastructure of the city, and end at Wall St when the enslaved Africans were brought and sold. The walking distance will be approximately 3/4 of a mile and we will cover about 10 sites.
The second leg of the tour will continue in the Financial District. We will walk up Wall St to Federal Hall - a site next to a famous free African who owned and operated a famous Oyster House in 1825; We will discuss the NY Stock Exchange. This walking distance will be about 1 mile and we will cover about 10 sites along the way.
The last leg will start around the Brooklyn Bridge, including the African Burial Ground National Monument (entrance is optional); Depending on the interaction, we will end at the infamous 5-Points area at Pearl St. The walking distance will be approximately 3/4 of a mile and cover about 10 sites.
Depending on the mood and convenience of the group we can stop for lunch, or a snack, at any time. Each location is based on a specific chapter in my book. There will be 4-5 restroom breaks. Children of all ages are welcome! :)
This unique three-part, 3 hours, walking tour will begin where Manhattan began - at the National Museum of the American Indian. Each part of the tour will last approximately 1 hour. This first leg of the tour will start in the Financial District. Specifically, Bowling Green, where the first enslaved Africans started building the infrastructure of the city, and end at Wall St when the enslaved Africans were brought and sold. The walking distance…

What's included

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Meet your host, Lawrence

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Greetings! I'm a native New Yorker, a self-published author of the book, "You Are Here - A Geographical History of Enslaved and Free Africans in Manhattan: 1613 - 1865," and a certified NYC tour guide. For the past 2 years, I've given presentations about my book at schools and community organizations. I've lived in all five boroughs of NYC, but I claim Manhattan. I've worked in Manhattan as a Paralegal for over 20 years, I was educated here, I've visited most of NYC's museums, I've partied and experienced the nightlife here, and I survived the 9/11 tragedy at the WTC. This city, past & present represents my soul's work; I would like to share my love for the city with this fascinating African American tour of NYC.
Greetings! I'm a native New Yorker, a self-published author of the book, "You Are Here - A Geographical History of Enslaved and Free Africans in Manhattan: 1613 - 1865," and a certified NYC tour guide. For the past 2 years, I've given presentations about my book at schools and community organizations. I've lived in all five boroughs of NYC, but I claim Manhattan. I've worked in Manhattan as a Paralegal for over 20 years, I was educated here, I've visited most of NYC's museums, I've partied and…
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Where you'll be

This fun-filled educational tour will cover the areas south of Brooklyn Bridge and the areas east of Broadway. Some of the sites on this tour are famous, i.e. Brooklyn Bridge, Federal Hall, Fraunces Tavern, South Street Seaport, etc. and some are lesser-known. However, out of the 30+ sites, they all have a connection with African American history that few people are aware of - this is what makes this tour unique.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 49 reviews.

Janita
May 2021
Great to learn from Larry about the African Amerian history of New York city. It was super interesting and we learnt of new stuff, most of all a new perspective on the city we're living in. He carefully researched everything and showed us a part of the city that had always been right in front of our eyes, but we had never seen it. Plus: He had a great way of making it entertaining even for an 11-year old.
Great to learn from Larry about the African Amerian history of New York city. It was super interesting and we learnt of new stuff, most of all a new perspective on the city we're l…
Paola
May 2021
Larry will tell you the story you’ve never really heard about New York and its foundation. Totally worth it; really interesting to change points of view with him and get to understand the roll of African Americans in the big apple. 💫
Eve
April 2021
This is an amazingly informative tour. If you’re interested in the history of New York/New Amsterdam, you have to start here. I got a lot of good pointers and information to look up to further my reading on African American history. Would definitely recommend.
This is an amazingly informative tour. If you’re interested in the history of New York/New Amsterdam, you have to start here. I got a lot of good pointers and information to look u…
Brunilda
April 2021
I cannot recommend this tour or guide enough. The African American Historical Tour of New Amsterdam was moving, inspiring and so very informative. Larry makes history accessible. It is a must do when in NYC.
Wilfredo
April 2021
This experience was absolutely amazing done by then host. Provided me with a wealth of information in a short amount of time. Lawrence was very friendly and personable
Karmen
April 2021
Wow! What an amazing tour. Larry knows his stuff. I learned so much about African-American history in New York. Larry also provided very helpful visuals and anecdotes and amazing stories about people who’s stories need to be told. Definitely do this tour. I am a native yorker and loved it! I brought my 20 yo niece who was visiting abs she lived it as well. Plus we got in our 10,000 steps lol.
Wow! What an amazing tour. Larry knows his stuff. I learned so much about African-American history in New York. Larry also provided very helpful visuals and anecdotes and amazing s…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable walking footwear

Appropriate weather gear