Guided tour

Charleston: African-American History & Simmons House Tour

Charleston: African-American History & Simmons House Tour

Activity provider: Holy City History Tours

From US$ 37.33 per person

Discover the history of Charleston's 350-year-old African community with visits to several sites of historical interest and significance.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Learn about Charleston's African-American community
  • Explore the Philip Simmons House Museum
  • See the historic Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Learn about the history of class division in the city
Full description
Start the tour at the Philip Simmons House where one of the greatest African-American artists of the 20th century created a lifetime of beauty. Led by museum docents, learn more about the humble life of a great Charleston artisan. After the museum visit, walk down America Street, the heart of Charleston’s African-American community. Along the way, learn about and witness the trials and tribulations of the past and present. Briefly stop at the edge of the African-American community where you'll see a powerful visualization of class division. Finally, walk to Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the southern United States. Learn about how free African Americans came together to form flourishing communities and houses of worship.
  • Expert guide
  • Admission to Halsey Gallery of Contemporary Art
  • Admission to Philip Simmons House
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Meeting point

Meet on the sidewalk outside the Philip Simmons House at 30-1/2 Blake Street. Please arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes before the activity starts

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  • This tour will take place in rain or shine
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based on 11 reviews

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Our tour guide was excellent!! I believe his name is Larry. He was very informative and spoke w/ a lot of passion. We were lucky, it was only my husband and myself for our group. We learned a tremendous amount information about the early start of Charleston. Highly recommend this tour.

May 7, 2022

Larry was an amazing tour guide who spoke with such knowledge and passion. I highly recommend this activity!

August 15, 2022

May 18, 2022

Product ID: 397643