BGX Walks bring you into a reconstructed New Netherland, British New York, and the first century of New York City as a United States City. Participants witness the impact of the African Diaspora on the making of New York City through real people whose images have been erased. Insight and empathy allow emotional connections to these character-based stories that stay with you after the experience ends. To book, please contact blackgotham@kamaustudios.com.

These walks are available primarily as private groups and secondarily as limited public experiences. Our public BGX Walks are organized in Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons which include special events such as open studios, talks, and exhibitions. The next season is BGX Spring 2022.

 

Caesar’s Rebellion (1712 – 1741)

Length: 90 minutes

Time Period: 1712 – 1741

Black Gotham Experience | Core Stories

  1. Other Side of Wall Street
  2. Sarah’s Fire
  3. Caesar’s Rebellion
  4. Citizen Hope
  5. State of Mirrors

The third of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in 1712 in the wake of more slave codes passed in British New York. The port city of New York has shifting political and class divisions that shape the environment of the enslaved leading up to the 1730s. 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 that seek change. The result is a rebellion in 1741 known as “the Great Negro Plot” which is documented in a New York Supreme Court. The extensive journal by one of the justices stitches together a plot that evolved around a charismatic enslaved Black figure named Caesar. This journal gives 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.