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

Walking Tour Operator in Philadelphia
Opening at 2:00 PM on Saturday
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Tuesday morning walking tour

Jun 22, 2021 – Jun 22, 2021

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 ...

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The Black Journey was pleased to be featured in this Christian Science Monitor article about Black History Walking Tours all over the country!

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Spend Juneteenth with The Black Journey Walking Tour

Jun 19, 2021 – Jun 19, 2021

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 ...

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Put on your masks and matching t-shirts and gather your family around. Family Reunion Season is here! The Black Journey would love to host your family on our Black History Walking Tour of Philadelphia!

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

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The History of Black Lawyers in Philadelphia Lecture

Jun 2, 2021 – Jun 2, 2021

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African-American attorneys played significant roles in important Philadelphia events, including the drafting of the City’s Home Rule Charter, the desegregation of Girard College, and the Philadelphia Transportation Company strike in 1944.

Black Philadelphia attorneys were also i...

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We are pleased to announce The Black Journey: Black History Walking Tour of Philadelphia's schedule for summer 2021!

Beyond comparison, the most exciting and fact-filled 90-minute adventure offered in Philly. Learn about the history of Black Philadelphia while soaking in the fullest array of our...

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The Black Journey: Black History Walking Tour of Philadelphia lecture for History Before US and Sankofa TravelHer Summer 2020. Click below on "learn more" to watch the video.

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I hope you will join us on Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00pm ET for a Virtual Lunch Lecture hosted by the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum. Raina Yancey, lawyer and owner of "The Black Journey: African-American History Walking Tour of Philadelphia" will be presenting on "The History o...

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Testimonials

2 months ago
We were looking for a virtual group activity for our team. The Black Journey was offering virtual tours! What an incredible hour we had. Raina brought the Black history of Philadelphia to life. Sharing portraits of people, stories, landmarks all across Philly without leaving our desks! It felt like we were walking through the city together. This isn't your typical tour, this is an honest truth about The Black Journey. Although there is heartbreaking and difficult material to hear, this tour is family friendly. In fact one of the attendees said "this should be presented in every public school in Philadelphia". Raina certainly has a gift for sharing hard stories and history of slavery as well as bringing light to some celebratory moments and featuring accomplished Black figures in our history. We 100% recommend and can't wait to do another tour. Maybe the next one will be in person, fingers crossed!
- Philly H
a year 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
2 years 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

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, Independence Square, Washington Square, Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, Bicentennial Moon Tree, the former location the Philadelphia Prison Site & the oldest continuous piece of land owned by people of African descent.

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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