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The Black Journey: African-American History Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Walking Tour Operator in Philadelphia
Opening at 2:00 PM
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The Black Journey will be open on Labor Day, Monday, Septe

Sep 2, 2019 – Sep 2, 2019

The Black Journey will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019!

Please join me for a Black history walking tour at 2 p.m. at 6th and Market Streets. Tickets can be purchased below.

African American people have played a large role in the labor movement in the United States. Initially, Bl...

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Introducing The Black Journey line of merchandise!

$14.99–$44.99

Several visitors have asked if I sold The Black Journey paraphernalia and now it is available!

Please click the link below to order: leggings, mugs, shirts, tank tops, phone covers, hoodies, sweatshirts, tote bags, socks, decor pillows, blankets, beach towels and more!

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The Black Journey: Black History Walking Tour of Philadelphia running tours today and tomorrow at 2 pm. We are meeting at the the Independence Visitors Center!

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The Black Journey was happy to host The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Urban Teaching Apprentice Program on our Black History Walking Tour this weekend.

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The Black Journey 4th of July Black History Walking Tour

Jul 4, 2019 – Jul 4, 2019

Join the Black Journey on a special 4th of July Black history walking tour of Philadelphia.
We will meet at 2 p.m. in front of Independence Visitors Center, 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA.

Did you know that people of African descent in the United States had a holiday that was more impo...

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There is still time to book today's (6/29) Black Journey: Black History Walking Tour! Please note today's 3 p.m. meeting time.


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Today the Black Journey celebrates Juneteenth National Freedom Day! Juneteenth is the oldest African-American holiday observance in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Union troops under the command of Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, the end of the Civil War and issu...

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Family Reunion Season is here! The Black Journey would love to host your family on our Black History Walking Tour of Philadelphia!

Discount tickets available. For more information call 267-702-3479!

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Did you know that wealthy sailmaker James Forten served as a power boy on a privateer ship the Pennsylvania Royal Louis under the command of Stephen Decatur? When the ship was captured by the British, Mr. Forten risked being sold into slavery in the West Indies. Hear about his courageous service ...

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Testimonials

2 months ago
The Black Journey walking tour was expertly researched and delivered! I loved all of the small details that are major thinking points when considering our "founding fathers." It is an excellent counterpoint to the stories (embellishments and falsities) that we were taught. All of the stops focused on the resiliency of the enslaved and didn't gloss over how human beings were purchased and used as property.
- lindsey s
3 months ago
Raina was an excellent tour guide. This is a labor of love for her, & it shows through the extensive research she’s done to create the experience. The tour is the perfect amount of time (1.5 hours) & walking (1.5 miles) & gives what Raina calls (& I agree) a “nuanced” perspective of the USA’s contradictory history. I would recommend this experience to anyone traveling to Philly. There were also a lot of Philly natives on my tour!
- Tara A
a month ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour & I enthusiastically recommend it. As a 50 year young woman, I learned things about my city I had absolutely never heard before, & I certainly was never taught any of this in school. Book it!
- Michelle M

Tour Description


Meet your guide (holding "The Black Journey" sign) in front of the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market Street, Philadelphia.

Every Saturday during the summer at 2:00pm. RSVP in advance required.

Call 267.702.3479 for more information.

Beyond comparison the most exciting and fact filled 75 minute adventure offered in Philly. Learn about the history of Black Philadelphia while soaking in the fullest array of our nation's most important and historical monuments and sights. With a focus on the city's early history, Black Philadelphia Walking Tour will bring to light every detail of Philly's Black past. 

Hear about Black American’s role in the history of the nation's foundation. Take a journey to Congo Square, visit the unmarked graves of free and enslaved victims of the yellow fever epidemic, learn about the Quaker school where both Black and White students were educated together and other locations you will visit first hand. See where the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1793. 

Hear about Martha Washington’s enslaved handmaiden who emancipated herself and others who traveled along the underground railroad. Learn about the Old London Coffee Shop where humans were inspected and sold into slavery. Walk in the footsteps of enslaved people, abolitionists, slaveholders and founding fathers. Hear about prominent early African-Americans. 

Beyond question the most in-depth, authentic, and entertaining tour offered on the eastern sea board! A must see in Philadelphia.

Tour includes the following on-site location visits: Independence Hall, The President’s House, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, First U.S. Supreme Court Building, American Philosophical Society Museum, Library Hall, Thomas Jefferson Garden, First Bank of U.S., Second Bank of U.S., Carpenter's Hall, New Hall Military Museum, Independence Square, Washington Square, Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, Bicentennial Moon Tree, John Todd House, Bishop White House, Kidd House, Dock Creek, 18th Century Gardens Merchant's Exchange, U.S. Customs House & City Tavern

Guided tour will also identify the former locations for a number of historical locations of importance including: Philadelphia Prison Site, Benjamin Rush House Site, First U.S. Treasurer's Office Site, Quaker Meeting House Site, Quaker School Site, Abolitionist’s House Site and More! 

All are welcome! Perfect for families! Perfect for solo travelers! Perfect for couples! Please wear comfortable sturdy shoes, we will be walking on cobblestoned streets. Please be aware that you need to be reasonably fit for the walk, and are responsible for your own safety. Taking part in the tour means you are participating at your own risk. You are also responsible for looking after your own belongings.

Bookings for private tours, wedding parties, conferences, family reunions, summer camps, and large and small groups available.








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Sat:2:00 – 3:15 PM
Sun:2:00 – 3:15 PM
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