Saturday Museum Tours

715 A History of Slavery in New York City: A Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan

Tour Program

New York City had the second-highest concentration of slaves in the United States during the 19th century. This walking tour will visit the location of Fort Amsterdam, Fraunces Tavern, the Wall Street Slave Market, the Downing’s Oyster House, Trinity Church Wall Street, John Street Methodist Church, St. Peter’s Church, and the African Burial Ground. The history of slavery in New York City and the Christian response to it will be highlighted on this tour.


Meet at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan no later than 10 a.m. Prepare to walk 4 miles in the course of the day, dress appropriately (hats and umbrellas in case of rain), bring a lunch or we will eat at one of the eateries in Lower Manhattan.

Saturday, April 25: starts at 10 a.m.

NOTE!:  This tour is postponed until further notice due to the social distancing requirements in place.


Tour Instructor

Mr. Gordon Franz will conduct this seminar tour. He has worked on a number of excavations in Israel, including Ketet Hinnon, Tel Lachish, Tel Jezreel, and Hazor. He has also led field trips to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Rome.

Tour Registration

Cost: $35

This tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 25.  The registration deadline for this tour is Friday, October 4. Those attending this tour should meet at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan by 9:45 a.m. We will not be able to wait for anyone beyond 10 a.m. Take the 4 or 5 subway, get off at the Bowling Green station. We will meet on the front steps of the Alexander Hamilton Custom House (National Museum of the American Indian and Federal Bankruptcy Court), at 1 Bowling Green, between State Street/Broadway and Whitehall Street. The steps are opposite Bowling Green Park.

NOTE:  If a group of students or persons, minimum of 10, requests the scheduling of this tour on another date, NYSB will endeavor to make the tour happen.  Please call Billy W. Nelson at 212 975-0170 x123 to discuss scheduling this tour or fill out the inquiry form below.

Tour Inquiry

Please note that this is just an inquiry form, if 10 or more people express interest in this particular Saturday Seminar Tour you will be contacted by NYSB to move forward with registration.

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