Did you know almost half of 18th-century Williamsburg was comprised of African-Americans? Or that Williamsburg’s first Black church was buried until archeologists discovered it in 2020?
Experience Williamsburg’s history from the perspective of those who rose above their shackled status as victims of the international slave trade to play a pivotal role in the development of America. The Black Founders’ Legacy of Williamsburg Tour will help you gain a deeper appreciation of the tireless, hidden work these African-American founders took part in to build the foundation of the country we know today.
Expert guides will paint a picture of colonial life in a black person’s shoes and help you learn firsthand about the methods used to perpetuate a corrupt institution. Walk in the footsteps of the free and enslaved black residents of Williamsburg. They lived, loved, and sacrificed while dreaming of and working toward a better future of Virginia and America.
“This tour was fascinating! It doesn’t tiptoe around the concept of slavery, and it highlights the nuances of the Black experience with real, personal stories.”
The Williamsburg Black History Experience highlights the bravery and resilience of black residents in 18th-century Williamsburg. Hear rarely-told stories of hope from escaped slaves and influential black leaders who instilled pride and endurance in their communities. You’ll learn about Gowan Pamphlet, an enslaved preacher who rose to become a beacon of hope despite overwhelming circumstances, and follow Ona Staines, a woman of color in the service of a President, who escaped slavery in Virginia to start a new life and inspired others to follow in her footsteps.
Learn how iconic historical locations like the Peyton Randolph House were viewed through the lens of those who served in them, and feel the warmth of hope and pride provided to the black community through the works of the Historic First Baptist Church and the Williamsburg Bray School.
Our tour will take you on a journey of significant Williamsburg locations that played a role in the history of black Americans, where you will learn about:
Backed by archeological evidence, documented events, and historical anecdotes, expert local guides will share inspiring stories of the influential figures, both black and white, whose lives played a role in the struggle to make America a free country for all.
Join us to explore a collection of history-making Williamsburg locations where the future of our nation was shaped and celebrate the enduring legacies of black Americans who forged a brighter future for their brothers and sisters.
“We must never forget that Black history is American history. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.”
- Yvette Clarke
Meeting point address: All tours meet at 428 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Your guide will be wearing a white JUNKET t-shirt and carrying a yellow JUNKET flag. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to ensure best and timely parking and use of bathroom facilities.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Parking: We recommend parking near Duke of Gloucester Street. To see options, click below.
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This tour is a walking tour.
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