Slavery and Resistance in NYC: A Walking Tour

Janes Walk


Led By Mariame Kaba

For more than two centuries, NYC was essentially the “capital of American slavery.” As many as 20% of colonial New Yorkers were enslaved Africans. This walking tour will discuss how Black people contributed to building New York and how they struggled for their freedom. We will visit the African Slave Market on Wall Street, stops on the Underground Railroad, the African Burial Ground and other sites important to the histories of slavery and resistance in NYC. The tour covers the years from the early 17th century through the mid-19th century (1626-1865). This tour has been digitized and you can self-organize to do the tour yourselves. Here’s the link. If this tour is at capacity, gather some friends and do a self-guided tour!

This is an active tour. Participants should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking (or riding if using a wheel chair) for a few miles (up to 4 miles). Be prepared to remain outside and on your feet for a significant period of time. If you bring young children, you should make sure you have a stroller in which they can ride. 
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
The African Burial Ground in Manhattan. Photo: Library of Congress, Carol M. Highsmith. Modifications: photo cropped.