Black Gotham Experience is a social enterprise and visual storytelling project dedicated to bringing New York’s Black heritage into public consciousness.
Revenue is invested in creatively exploring the history and impact of the African Diaspora on New York City.
Adults, Families, Youth, Professionals, Children 12+
Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather
1 to 25
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Explore Lower Manhattan and learn about the history of slavery in New York City on this unique walking tour. The story begins in the early 1700s, when the port city of New York had one of the largest populations of enslaved people of all of England’s colonies. As the population of enslaved Africans and poor European indentured servants increased, a large and loosely organized underclass began to take shape. On this tour, you’ll hear the story of how this growing underclass ignited the rebellion known as the New York Conspiracy of 1741 or the Great Negro Plot. Unlike most rebellions in the colonies or West Indies, the conspirators were tried in the New York Supreme Court. The trial was documented in an extensive journal by one of the justices, creating an insightful look into slavery, colonial law, class, and politics. See how this history continues to shape the city today.
On the stairs of the Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, New York, New York, United States
Take any of the following subway lines:
4 or 5 train to Bowling Green
1 train to Rector Street or South Ferry
R train to Whitehall Street
J or Z train to Broad Street
2 or 3 train to Wall Street
To celebrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City.