Around here, we’ve always specialized in customizing tours specifically for the special interests of each and every student group we work with. Eighth grade D.C. tours are often focused on government, and we’ve got the best attractions for that tour down pat. Middle graders sometimes focus on history. Performance groups like to catch a Broadway show and visit famous art museums or schools of music. Besides these, many of our groups ask for a tour focused on black history. We’ve been perfecting these tours for years and have now created a page just for them. Our page for black history tours for student groups is an excellent jumping off point if you’re looking for a tour with this focus.
We’re highlighting three special cities so far. Boston has tons of great sites and attractions in its African-American National Historic Site. A tour of these varied sites, sometimes called The Black Heritage Trail, includes homes and schools from black history, as well as the oldest standing African-American church in the country. Boston is a great choice for a black history tour. All black Americans in Boston were free by 1790, and they were already making their mark on history. This tour celebrates that legacy.
Washington D.C. offers some excellent black history sites as well. Here students can stand on the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous address for civil rights. The nation’s capital also offers an African-American Civil War Museum, Howard University, and the Smithsonian’s Museum of African Art. These are just a few of our favorite attractions for Washington D.C. black history tours, and this is a great destination for any student group.
Since Martin Luther King, Jr., was such a powerful influence on black history and the civil rights movement, your group may want to visit Atlanta, Georgia, for your tour. Atlanta offers the African-American Heritage Tour, which includes the historic Auburn district and the birthplace of MLK (pictured above by jimbowen0306 on Flickr). You’ll also visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Underground Atlanta, and – just for the fun and excitement you crave – The World of Coca Cola.
There’s tons more. These tours are an excellent choice for any student group that wants to focus on black history and discover some of the most fascinating sites and attractions in the nation.