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American history is turbulent and complex, none more so than the tempestuous saga of race relations. With the New York City Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour by Inside Out Tours, you will get an inside look at the convoluted era of slavery and colonialism. Investigate the rich history of the Dutch Colony on which New York City was founded back in the 17th century. That Colony was called New Amsterdam, and included parts of modern day New York, Delaware, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The tour will be led by a licensed guide who will give you keen insights into the history of the Dutch West Indian Company, which was the world’s largest slave trading business at the time.

But not all the stories are bleak aphorisms about a darker time. Indeed, there are stories of heroism and bravery breaking through the veil of oppression. You will learn about the life of the common slave, and what they experienced day to day, and how they were the foundation of the New Amsterdam Colony. You will be able to visit the same locations in which the slaves sought refuge within the network of the Underground Railroad and other attempts to gain their freedom. Travel to homes of the former abolitionists and other various safe houses on the Underground Railroad, and you will get as close as you could want to really understanding this tumultuous time in our past. With passes from, you will get an up close and personal look at the history of slavery in America, as well as the Underground Railroad, the first organized attempt at equality.


Why Go?

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This is a profoundly fascinating guided tour of the history of the Underground Railroad in New York

You will be able to visit the National African Burial Ground Memorial, which is the largest cemetery of enslaved people. With more than 20,000 slave burials at the site, the hallowed space is a wonderful place to go and ruminate on the country’s tempestuous history. You will also have the opportunity to explore a former slave owner site, as well as the former site of Fort Amsterdam. For history aficionados and laypeople alike, this tour is invaluable.


Additional Information

Tour Schedule:
January - March, November, December: 1pm Saturday
April - October: 1pm Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Tour Duration:
2.5 Hours

Blackout Dates:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Age Requirement:
All ages are welcome. Children under the age of 5 are free.

NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour Tips:

  • For severe weather conditions, call in case of cancellation.
  • Make your reservations early to secure your spot on the tour.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; this Inside Out Tour will have you walking through history!
  • Tours operate rain or shine, so check the forecast and bring an umbrella if needed.
  • Arrive at the Museum of the American Indian early, at least 15 minutes, so you won’t miss your tour.


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