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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
Buxton Books , 160 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

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

This activity will end right where it started.
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
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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
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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
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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
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star-5
Don’t miss this tour!
joyce_h
, Aug 2022
How much knowledge and passion our guide had. Mr. Fordham was awesome. I love history and he brought it to life and provided insight and perspective that I had not thought of previously. I learned a lot.
star-5
Outstanding Tour!!!
Vinette_E
, Jul 2022
Professor Fordham is not only a wonderful historian, but is also a colorful story teller. I must say I was filled with wonder and gratitude after the tour ended. It's a must for anyone interested in learning more about Black Charleston & the imprint it has made it has made in American history.
star-4
Very Informative Tour
Quentrece_S
, Jul 2022
Mr. Fordham was very knowledgeable and passionate about the untold history of the area. I would’ve loved a pamphlet to go along with the tour as it was a lot of information with the goal of telling facts that most don’t know so it was challenging to take it all in for the first time in that setting. Nevertheless, the tour was great and we enjoyed it.
star-5
Must see!+
Theresa_M
, Jul 2022
Mr. Fordham is an Amazing historian and storyteller! It was the best tour I've ever done! He was very thorough and well studied.
star-5
Great walking tour
Kimberly_F
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour guide and I loved all of his history stories very knowledgeable young man who has truly done his research
star-5
A tour you don’t want to miss
ptssbktqtk
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Professor Damon Fordham provided an excellent experience and it far exceeded what we were expecting. The storytelling was so fascinating that our two hour tour felt like thirty minutes. My family enjoyed it and will recommend it to others visiting the Charleston area.
star-5
More than Worth Your Time
Dorothy_C
, Jun 2022
First rate tour with outstanding guide with an incredible depth of knowledge balanced with a great sense of humor. Recommend to anyone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
HIGHLY RECOMMEND
jasmom1
, May 2022
This tour IS Damon Fordham. Author, academic, historian….Mr. Fordham relays stories of humanity and triumph with passion and humor. He adds music and multiple voice changes to bring his stories to life. Exactly 2 hours start to finish… Minimal walking… I truly was so disappointed when Damon said, “last story….”
star-5
#Charleston!!
Sylvia_K
, May 2022
The guide was knowledgeable, kind and memorable!! It was a million dollar tour. Thanks for another great tour.
star-5
Walk a Mile
Jratih_M
, Apr 2022
Our Knowledgeable Guide Eloquently Reciting Historical facts in front of the Old Slave Mart now Museum in (Badly need of repair) in otherwise Gorgeous Charleston South Carolina Historic Downtown Area. Our Guide was Chockfull of useful information and seem to Genuinely Love imparting History. Best Part of my Vacation. Definitely Recommend this Tour & Guide.
star-5
Excellent and informative
Fatima_S
, Apr 2022
Prof. Fordham was very knowledgeable about the history he presented, and his openness to questions and his in depth and informative responses were very appreciated. I'd recommend the tour to anyone who wants to hear and experience a 'fuller' and well rounded presentation of the history of Charleston.
star-5
Great tour
Alesha_M
, Apr 2022
Wonderful, informative stories told in an animated way. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
star-5
“ Phenomenal Black Historical Charleston, SC Tour”
Belinda_M
, Apr 2022
The most memorable part of the tour was how well addressed our tour guide was. Very few questions had to be asked. He made it extremely entertaining & interesting. I felt as if I was back in school absorbing as much of historic history as I could. 💜🤗
star-5
Great experience that you crying should do.
Judith_E
, Apr 2022
This tour was extremely informative and entertaining. Damon has a superb grasp for history and parenting it in an easily understandable way. My friend and I was throughly enjoyed it.
star-4
Black History Tour
Emilia_S
, Mar 2022
The guide was an educator and historian who knew a lot of facts about each story. I would like the guide to incorporate some of the more well know black History that we "whites" probably don't know regarding slavery, their independence and some current facts. This is just my opinion. It doesn't take away from this worthwhile tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
a distinctive tour
Joyce_S
, Mar 2022
This tour added an important dimension to our experience of Charleston. The stories, grounded in oral histories were rich.
star-5
Excellent Experience
karnold21
, Mar 2022
I loved everything about the tour. It was very informative. I'll definitely tell my friends to take when they visit.
star-5
Not to be missed!
Tharonica_B
, Mar 2022
Very informative! There were many locations visited that were thoroughly explained that impacted Charleston and surrounding areas. I can't say enough about our tour guide, Damon Fordham. He's not only very informed, but he's a published author, public speaker, and educator on the topic as well. Well worth it!
star-5
Excellent, entertaining...
AnaIsabel_G
, Mar 2022
Excellent, entertaining and profoundly well documented tour about an, unfortunately, not well known side of the African American civil rights struggles and victories. Highly Recommended!
star-5
Excellent Tour
Elizabeth_J
, Mar 2022
Damon is knowledgeable, friendly engaging and entertaining . He answered questions with ease and provided information that most won’t read in regular history books.

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