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Charleston: African-American History & Simmons House Tour

1. Charleston: African-American History & Simmons House Tour

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.

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5.0 / 5

based on 11 reviews

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.

The tour was great. Our tour guide Larry was very informative. I would recommend this tour to anyone who love to learn about African American history.

Mr. Larry is awesome. I am thinking about inviting him to speak to my classroom about history bc he has so much information stored in him.

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

Larry was an excellent guide. 8 can tell he is passionate about the community