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Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour

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Charleston, United States
Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour
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Overview

Learn about Charleston's African community on this historical walking tour. Begin at the Philip Simmons House where you’ll learn about one of the greatest African-American artists of the 20th century from museum docents. As you stroll down America Street, learn about the trials and tribulations of the city’s past and present. At the Mother Emanuel AME Church, learn about how free people of color formed communities in the South.
  • Gain a better understanding of Charleston’s African-American history
  • Visit landmarks within the community like Mother Emanuel AME Church
  • Learn about present-day class divisions in the city
  • Meet the tour at a convenient location
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Museum entry fee for the Philip Simmons House at 30-1/2 Blake Street.
Entry fee for the Halsey Gallery of Contemporary Art at 161 Calhoun Street.

Departure Point

30-1/2 Blake St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

We will meet in front of the Philip Simmons House at 30-1/2 Blake Street.

Return Details

110 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

The tour concludes outside of the Mother Emanuel AME Church at 110 Calhoun Street.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Holy City History Tours
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour.

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Excellent Tour About The African-American Experience In Charleston!
Tanya_G
, Nov 2021
I really enjoyed this tour and highly recommend you book it. The 2 hours we spent walking while experiencing a very informative and thorough talk about Charleston from the African-American perspective was perfect! You will learn a lot about the people and the culture. The tour guide was amazing. It was by far one of the best tours I’ve ever taken.
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Walking tour
MaryLou_H
, Oct 2021
We enjoyed when there was an actual building/site that had a specific story about it. While the story teller was informative and entertaining, the commentary wandered from Charleston history. It was overpriced since there were minimal historical sites on our walk. Also, tour went over 2.5 hours, too long!
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Black History
candee_c
, Sep 2021
Larry our tour guide was so informational. Loved the explanation of Ironworks. Along with walking the neighborhood through time. One of the great highlights was the 450 year old oak tree that we got to touch and learn about the graveyard and church.
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The Real Story of Phillip Simmons
Edgar_T
, Sep 2021
The tour guide and Mrs. Rosse were excellent. They were great story tellers and very passionate in their sharing.
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Great experience!
Terri_P
, May 2021
We enjoyed speaking with a home owner and local store owner. Also the visit to the blacksmith shop. It was sad visiting the church where the massacre occurred.

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