The BGX Team is excited to return with our 2017 Summer Season. We are particularly excited to bring back our original tour, Other Side of Wall Street, which was being remixed in the studio since 2015. This summer season, you can also experience some of the pages from “Other Side of Wall Street” on display in the Financial District on Water Street between Maiden Lane and Pine Street in a public art project presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Department of Transportation.
This is an exiting time to celebrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City. Untold stories are making themselves known in powerful ways. The first three stories of our project are available as walking tours and the first is beginning to make its presence known as a book. Join us as we learn and create together.
CAESAR’S REBELLION PART I | Thursdays | 7:30pm | Meet up at the BGX Work/Space 192 Front Street NY, NY
CAESAR’S REBELLION PART II | Fridays | 7:30pm | Meet up on the stairs of the Museum of the American Indian
OTHER SIDE OF WALL STREET | Saturdays | 7:30pm | Meet up in the West Village at the Arch on 5th Avenue
Length: 1.5 hrs | Thursdays | 7:30pm
The second story in the trilogy starts in 1680 when the port city of New York is serving as the epicenter to the British Transatlantic Slave Trade. Part One of this story is set on an island that is home to the wealthy master class, merchants, pirates, sailors, indentures, prostitutes, free Black people, and enslaved Africans. This walking tour explains how the enslaved and free people of African descent worked together to subvert the system of slavery and define rebellion. Central to this story are several enslaved men by the name of Caesar being brought to the port city of New York from the sugar plantations of the West Indies culminating with the first armed Black rebellion in 1712.
Tours meet at 192 Front Street in the Seaport District of Manhattan between Fulton Street and John Street; right next to the Broadway Tickets store. Please arrive by 7:15 pm so we can begin promptly.
Train Access: A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, J, or Z to Fulton Street
Length: 1.5 hrs | Fridays | 7:30pm
Part Two of Caesar’s Rebellion picks up after the rebellion of 1712 when the political leaders of New York pass more laws to restrict Black movement. The port city of New York has shifting political and class divisions that shape the environment of the enslaved. Although stricter laws have been passed to limit Black life, the population of enslaved Africans continues to increase as does poor European indentures creating a large and loosely organized underclass. The result is another rebellion in 1741 known as “the Great Negro Plot”. Unlike most rebellions in the colonies or West Indies, the conspirators were tried in the New York Supreme Court which was documented in an extensive journal by one of the justices creating an insightful look into slavery, colonial law, class, and politics.
Tours meet at the Museum of the American Indian at One Bowling Green New York, NY 10004. Please arrive by 7:15 pm so we can begin promptly.
Train Access: 4 or 5 to Bowling Green. J or Z to Broad Street. 2 or 3 to Wall Street. R to Whitehall. 1 to South Ferry.
Length: 1.5 hrs | Saturdays | 7:30pm
The first story in the trilogy starts in 1643 with the beginning of a small town known as Land of the Blacks right outside the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. By 1655, the Land of the Blacks was over twice the size of SoHo today and it continued to exist after the English take the island from the Dutch, making it the first free Black community in New York. This walking tour explains how this community started, how it functioned, and how it continued to exist into the 18th century. The creation of this overlooked Black town is the foundation to the Black Gotham Experience.
Tours meet under the Arch in Washington Square Park in the West Village. Please arrive by 7:15 pm so we can begin promptly.
Train Access: A, C, E, B, D, F , M to West 4th