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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

Departure Point

160 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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What is the maximum group size during Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour.

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A must do historical tour
Jackie_T
, Jun 2021
Very interactive with lots of dates. He was accommodating to our mom riding a wheelchair scooter. He answered questions and gave suggestions on sites to see next
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Important.
Clyde_P
, May 2021
The Dr. Was very knowledgeable, open and engaging. I will definitely recommend the tour to others. Be inspired participation.
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Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide
Nancy_K
, May 2021
Hearing about black Charleston residents and their stories was both entertaining and a great learning experience
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So much to learn so little time…
Margaret_P
, May 2021
I really enjoyed the tour. If only we had more time. There is so much history in Charleston. Thank you.
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Enlightening And informative
Patty_D
, Apr 2021
Damon was Very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and impact of the black Americans he discussed on the tour.
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Scary scary scary
Brandon_R
, Oct 2020
Heather was so awesome!! Loved the stories, you could feel the cold chills as she told you the stories of what happened in each house.
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Not a typical tour
Darlene
, Oct 2020
Damon is very knowledgeable and some of the places you’ll stop at are fascinating. It would have been helpful if he mentioned his format first before jumping into the tour. Damon tells stories at each stop. It is a bit like a walking lecture as no questions are tolerated until he allows them. It might be helpful to bring a pad and pen to write keep track of your questions as the facts can go on for 10-15 minutes. Also, it would be helpful to see images organized on an iPad so that everyone can see his pictures instead of squeezing together to look on his small iPhone. There were only four of us but I missed a number of pics and then finally stopped trying to see them. The pace was very slow and we didn’t visit places on the advertised list, like the waterfront or the city market. Also, we didn’t feel free to take pictures while he was talking as we were afraid of being reprimanded again. Overall, the tour would not be the one to learn about a chronological history of Charleston’s black people, but Damon is very knowledgeable, if strict, and brings you to some interesting places of note with many personal stories. Worth doing, but if you like a friendly, approachable atmosphere and a more interactive tour, this probably isn’t the one for you.
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The knowledge and communication skills of our tour guide.
Carver-johnson
, Sep 2020
This is an outstanding tour, not only informative but also quite captivating as a result of the personal stories Damon Fordham, our wonderful guide. I look forward to reading the 2 books I bought written by Damon to learn more. Carver Johnson
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Excellent
Arthella_W
, Sep 2020
He was very precise and detailed and of course knowledgeable. I would do it again and I would also recommend him to anyone coming to South Carolina.
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Wonderful storyteller!
Sarah_L
, Sep 2020
Tour was fun and engaging. Excellent content. Will recommend to others! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
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