The Road We Came Lower Manhattan tour began at the solemn African Burial Ground National Monument and explored New York City’s earliest Black inhabitants. The tour went on to visit several important locations in the city’s abolitionist history of the 19th century, and ended with the important African American public schools of the late years of the 19th century.
This tour featured music and texts by Harry T. Burleigh, Roland Carter, Damien Geter, Dave Ragland, Lori Hicks, and William Grant Still
START: African Burial Ground National Monument at the corner of Duane St and Elk St
END: Former Colored School No. 4 at 128 W 17th St
Distance Walked: 3.2 Miles
Full Experience with Musical Performances: Approximately 2 hours
Subway Stations near Start: Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (4, 5, 6); City Hall (N, R, W); Chambers St (A, C); Chambers St (1, 2, 3)
Subway Stations near End: W 18th St (1, 2); 14th St / 7th Av (1, 2, 3); 14th St / 6 Av (E, F, M, L, PATH); 14th St / 8 Av (A, C, E, L)
Public Restrooms on the Tour Route: Inside Washington Square Park (south central area) and inside Union Square Park (northeastern corner)
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