Black Heritage Tours
- (904) 825-0087
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The free St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours offered by City Walks provide a comprehensive introduction to the role St. Augustine has played in the the history of Africans and African-Americans in the U.S. The one-hour tours encompass several historic blocks, departing most Saturday afternoons from the City Walks office at 4 Granada Street.
The remarkable story of Africans in St. Augustine began with the founding of the city itself in 1565, when Pedro Menendez landed here, along with his crew that included three Africans. The first free black settlement in the U.S. was established in St. Augustine in 1738 at Fort Mose.
St. Augustine also played a significant role in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. Local demonstrations began with a sit-in at a local Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, and many heroes of the civil rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., came here to lead protests along with the leaders of St. Augustine’s black community. These struggles were an integral part of Dr. King’s nationwide campaign that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and it largely defines St. Augustine as an important place for Black history.
St. Augustine City Walks Tours is St. Augustine’s premier historic walking tour provider, with a variety of tours to choose from, including culinary tours, ghost tours, and specialty tours (including a monthly free pet-friendly “pup crawl”). They also offer custom group tour packages including local attractions & tours, events, accommodations, group dining transportation, entertainment and much more.
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