Hidden Multiracial Histories of the Wall Street Area
Led By Katie Merriman
See the Wall Street area with new eyes on a walking tour that brings to life the neighborhood’s storied past, with a focus on often erased histories of Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East as well as Islam. We will look at early settler colonial trade and diplomacy with Asia and Africa; a famous North African resident; and the colony’s role in transatlantic slavery and rebellions. We then jump to the turn of the 20th century to encounter mostly erased histories of Asian and African immigrants in this area that were active in shipyards, street vending, and the growth of consulates, academic exchange, art, and political activism in Lower Manhattan. Our last stop is Little Syria, an entryway neighborhood for most Middle Eastern immigrants in the early 20th century.
The tour will run 1.5 hours. Wear good sneakers, layers, and sunglasses.
Arrival: The Bowling Green subway station (4/5) is the start of the tour. Several other subway lines are also nearby (Rector St 1 & R/W and Broad St J/Z & Wall St 2/3) that are about 5 minute walks to the tour starting spot. There are several city bike stations.
The tour is roughly 1 mile long and lasts about an hour and a half. The route is fully on city sidewalks that by law should be wheelchair accessible. There are no stairs.
RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.
View of Wall Street as seen from Trinity Church. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, scan from Ian Jeffrey: An American Journey – The Photography of William England. Prestel Verlag. Munich, London, New York 1999.