City Hall is not just the epicenter of New York City’s government – it is a portal through which to understand the history of New York, America, and the world. Enslaved Africans played a critical yet underappreciated role in this history. With the Epicenter tour, Black Gotham reveals some of their stories through an interactive exploration of the African Diaspora’s impact on lower Manhattan from the 1600s through the early 1800s. Participants will learn about the lives of enslaved and freed Black people under Dutch and British rule, the early days of our Republic, the rebellions of 1712 and 1741, and the hidden stories of revolutionary New York.
Started by Kamau Ware in 2008, Black Gotham Experience has been giving walking tours of lower Manhattan since 2010, combining history and visual storytelling to celebrate the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City. Black Gotham also creates graphic novels that fill in the missing visuals of these lived experiences.