A Commentary on the BLACK HERITAGE & CIVIL RIGHTS TOURS from our Black Heritage Tours Manager, Bernadette Reeves:
"We should hope for and encourage a fair and honest examination of the Black Heritage of the Nation's Oldest City, and remember that new generations will come along without that first-hand experience of the past. If a heritage is not nourished (any heritage) it runs the risk of being lost forever. So we believe that those whose names are not yet written in the history books, whose faces are not yet duplicated on postage stamps, who's statues are not yet in our public parks, who are not yet celebrated with street signs in their honor... those heroes should be remembered. It behooves all of us to take another look at the bravery, the agony, and the hope of that very sad time- and to do what we can to absorb its lessons. We need to keep these valuable stories and lessons alive for future generations to come, in this beautiful city named after an African saint, Saint Augustine of Hippo, who was born in Algeria in the year 354."
The St. Augustine Historic Civil Rights &
Black Heritage Walking Tour (1.5 hr Tour)
Enjoy a private tour of St. Augustine where over 400 years of African American History lives. Come walk with us through the historical sites that were significant to the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine while learning about the brave and courageous African American citizens. Explore around 10 different stops where you will hear stories and see the places that great leaders walked and stood up for dignity, equality and human rights. Learn about the many Freedom Fighters who risked their lives here in the pursuit of freedom for all people. As a highlight you will stop at the Civil Rights Museum. You will see history come alive as you follow the footsteps left by Civil Rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Andrew Young. You will learn of Martin Luther King’s visit to St. Augustine as well as see the site of the famous Woolworth’s demonstration. Established at the end of the Civil War, Lincolnville is now on the National Register of Historic Places. A visit to St. Augustine would be incomplete without exploring the rich African American Heritage that changed our Nation's history and inspired the world.
*This tour is offered on select Saturdays throughout the year, for individual public bookings. Click HERE to access the free tour calendar.
For Private Group Bookings or bookings outside of the scheduled free tours, we offer the following discounted wholesale rate:
$20.00 per person (Children 6 and under are free) Minimum 10 paying participants required to qualify plus $50 private tour booking fee. 1 Group Leader included free of charge. Rates inclusive of tax. Advance reservations are required and payment in full is due prior to arrival.
*offered on select Saturdays throughout the year, or available to book as a private group tour