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Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get an inside perspective on Charleston's lesser-known black history during this 2-hour walking tour. Listen as your guide tells forgotten folktales and facts about important figures in the city's history.
  • 2-hour black history walking tour of Charleston
  • Morning departure time
  • Uncover hidden history
  • Moderate amount of walking
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2-hour Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour
Tours narrated by writer, historian, educator, and licensed tour guide, Damon Fordham
Experience Mother Emanuel A.M. E. Church stories that have faded from memory over the centuries.
Walk by historical Charleston sites such as Old Slave Mart Museum and the Heyward-Washington House
Gratuities

Departure Point

160 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Departure Point: Tour Charleston Headquarters (inside Buxton Books) Address: 160 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and tour group at the tour office at 9:30am. Set off through Charleston's historic neighborhoods on foot, taking in the local ambiance from the ground up. 

Listen as your guide combines historical facts, personal perspectives, and powerful storytelling. Stop by the Jehu Junes Hotel site, see Catfish Row, where the opera Porgy and Bess is set. Stroll along the ocean, through Waterfront Park and past the Charleston Harbor. Finish up with visits to the Heyward Washington House and the Old Slave Art Museum. 

After 2 hours, return to your starting point with a better understanding of Charleston's black history.
Itinerary
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Tour Charleston
"IF THESE STREETS COULD TALK..." and now they will. Author, historian, educator and licensed tour guide, Damon Fordham combines his powerful blend of artful storytelling with solid historical and personal perspective.
Stop At:  
Charleston City Market
Visit sites starting with the Charleston City Market, a historic marketplace located in downtown Charleston. Then, head on to Jehu Jones Hotel, Catfish Row (of Porgy and Bess fame).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Heyward-Washington House
Pass by the Heyward-Washington House which belonged to Thomas Heyward Jr., a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Old Slave Mart Museum
Old Slave Mart Museum is the building that once held slave auction galleries, located in downtown Charleston.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
See and hear about lesser known places where heroes and heroines made history...but missed the history books. Walk the path from slavery through Reconstruction to civil rights. End by walking along the beautiful Charleston Harbor through Waterfront Park. Discover the forgotten stories of black Charleston on this captivating walking tour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour Charleston, LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour.

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star-5
Excellent historical perspective
gregoryhurt
, Oct 2021
Great tour!! I would say Damon provided powerful information.. I wanted to hear some true stories and Damon is a true professional who has done his research and delivers some history in an excellent thought provoking style with a bit of creative acting. I plan on obtaining his books to read additional factual information.
star-5
Best tour in Charleston
Chanel_F
, Oct 2021
Professor Damon Fordham is an amazing storyteller! The Lost Stories of Black Charleston tour was truly such an educational experience. Learning his connection and ties to generations back was so insightful. Professor Fordham is so knowledgeable and you can tell that he really enjoys sharing the REAL history of Charleston. It’s the perfect tour to hit a lot of landmarks. I wore sandals and was fine. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great experience with Damon
Patricia_M
, Sep 2021
We truly appreciated his knowledge and personalization Damon brought to this experience. His family background and past references made this tour an great experience!
star-5
The real history
Veeta_P
, Jul 2021
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. He gave great insight to the historical facts and they all tied in well together. The group asked a lot of great questions. My daughter and nephew gained some historical facts that they would never learn in school. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
star-4
Good tour!
R-C
, Jul 2021
Really good tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Please offer bottled water during summer tours. We forgot to bring some along expecting it to be provided
star-5
An amazing learning experience
Patricia_J
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour. I learnt so much. I feel better informed about slavery in the US now. The individual stories were profoundly moving and illuminating.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Julie_S
, Jul 2021
Our guide was fantastic really knew his information, but Charleston doesn’t seem to be as progressive as I thought it to be.
star-5
A Great African American History Lesson!
Eric_P
, Jun 2021
We truly enjoyed the tour and learning about the African American history of Charleston. The stories told were very enchanting enriched with history. We look forward to reading the books we purchased.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Keisha_M
, Jun 2021
Very informative and entertaining. Great insight into the black history of Charleston. 2hour tour, bring your walking shoes!
star-5
Recognizing African Americans In Charleston
Luis
, Jun 2021
Mr Fordham was very knowledgeable and was quite entertaining! He was careful to stop to talk in the shade and made sure that all members of the party could keep up. Great tour!

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