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Epicenter: The Black Experience Through The Eyes of City Hall – 11am Tour
February 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Black Gotham Experience is excited to collaborate with the Public Design Commission on a special tour at City Hall on Wednesday, February 21. Tours will be given throughout the day, followed by an evening reception with light refreshments. Reservations are required to attend the tours and reception.
Special thanks to our sponsors The Howard Hughes Corporation and MetroPlus New York for helping to make this landmark day possible..
Make a reservation for the 11am tour here.
There is also a tour at 2:00 pm. We invite the Black Gotham Experience community to join us at the official reception at 6-8pm. (And the official after party is back at the BGX Studio in the Seaport District.)
City Hall is not just the epicenter of New York City’s government – it is a portal through which to understand the history of New York, America, and the world. Enslaved Africans played a critical yet underappreciated role in this history. With the Epicenter tour, Black Gotham reveals some of their stories through an interactive exploration of the African Diaspora’s impact on lower Manhattan from the 1600s through the early 1800s. Participants will learn about the lives of enslaved and freed Black people under Dutch and British rule, the early days of our Republic, the rebellions of 1712 and 1741, and the hidden stories of revolutionary New York.
Tour participants will be transported to the 17th century, when New York City (then Dutch New Amsterdam) was primarily a port city developed as part of the transatlantic slave trade. Participants will learn about the lives of enslaved and freed Black people under Dutch and British rule, the rebellions of 1712 and 1741, and the hidden stories of revolutionary New York.