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Black Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 32 reviews.Philadelphia, United States

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Experience hosted by Raina

90 mins
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The tour will commence at the Independence Visitor's Center with an introduction to the topic of Black History during the colonial period. You will hear about the role that Black Americans played in the founding of the nation. The group will continue to the President’s House and hear about the 9 enslaved people who were held there. The group will hear about Martha Washington's handmaid who ran away to escape slavery. At the next stop you will see where The Fugitive Slave Act 1793 was passed.

You will see where a quaker school was located that taught both Black and White students together. The next stop is Congo Square where people of African descent held celebrations. It is also a potter's field where free and enslaved Africans are still buried to this day. The next stop is Bishop White's house. He ordained two Black pastors. One pastor started the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The final stop is Dock street near the docks where you will hear about the liberation of a woman whose slave owner attempted to abduct her back into slavery and the trial of her rescuers.

You will also see the traditional sites of Independence Hall, liberty bell, Congress Hall, and much more
The tour will commence at the Independence Visitor's Center with an introduction to the topic of Black History during the colonial period. You will hear about the role that Black Americans played in the founding of the nation. The group will continue to the President’s House and hear about the 9 enslaved people who were held there. The group will hear about Martha Washington's handmaid who ran away to escape slavery. At the next stop you will se…

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Mon, Oct 12
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person

Meet your host, Raina

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I was born and raised in Philadelphia and I love my City. I have a formal education in history and historical research. I'm naturally bubbly, friendly and approachable.
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Where you'll be

Independence Hall,
The President’s House - 9 of George Washington's slaves lived here,
Congress Hall,
First U.S. Supreme Court, Congo square where free and enslaved Black people held festivals
Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier,
John Todd House- Manumitted his slaves in 1983, and
Bishop White House- he ordained Rev. Jones

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 32 reviews.

Nhan
February 2020
Definitely recommend if you want something other than the typical guided walking tours where they tell you generic information about a place. Raina showed us the history of the area from a perspective we don't get to hear often. She's very knowledgeable and loves what she does.
Definitely recommend if you want something other than the typical guided walking tours where they tell you generic information about a place. Raina showed us the history of the are…
Javier
February 2020
Raina centered African-Americans in Philadelphia’s history. This is not easily seen in the city’s monuments dedicated to liberation and independence. Her tour allowed me the opportunity understand one of the nation’s Capitol from a lens where I was at the center. This is an essential tour for any visitor to Philadelphia, but especially for those who want to understand the essence of what this nation is. Her mother is amazing too!
Raina centered African-Americans in Philadelphia’s history. This is not easily seen in the city’s monuments dedicated to liberation and independence. Her tour allowed me the opport…
Tara
February 2020
Raina was very knowledgable about the history of Philadelphia. Her perspectiveof it from the lens of oppression and slavery was unique and informative. I would highly recommend her tour. The tour was well paced and we dis not feel rushed as some tours are. We got so much value for our money!
Raina was very knowledgable about the history of Philadelphia. Her perspectiveof it from the lens of oppression and slavery was unique and informative. I would highly recommend her…
Jessica
February 2020
This tour was amazing! I truly enjoyed it. Raina was very knowledgeable about the story of Philadelphia. I especially love that Black Philadelphia portions of the tour. 10/10; highly recommend.
Naima
February 2020
Raina bought her mom along w her. & both were so sweet, knowledgeable, & welcoming. I learned a lot. She moved at the pace of those who attended & was very enthusiastic in what she was teaching. 5 out of 5 :)
Kenneth
February 2020
She was a wonderful host, I learned new things as well as got deeper understanding on things I knew about, the locations were amazing. Her mom was along and she is a Gem!

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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 of all ages can attend.

More tips

We will be walking approximately one mile for the tour on uneven and cobblestoned surfaces. Please wear comfortable and sturdy footwear.