Black Abolitionist Walking Tours

Interested in learning about African American Activism in London?

Every month, I lead walking tours highlighting the lives, testimonies and activism of African American freedom fighters in central London, and beyond.

During the nineteenth century, hundreds of African Americans travelled to Britain to escape slavery in the US, to raise money to purchase themselves or family members, to write narratives, or to settle and work here. Individuals such as Frederick Douglass, William and Ellen Craft and Ida B. Wells became famous in Britain and used their celebrity to encourage support for abolition. They exploited abolitionist networks and the emerging industrialism in British society to travel thousands of miles, and they gave hundreds of lectures, from large cities to small fishing villages. 

Whilst some of the buildings visited by these individuals do not remain, it is impossible to deny that we walk past important Black history sites on a daily basis, without realising the impact these men and women had on British society.

Check out the following map showing Black Abolitionist lectures from 1838-1900:

The following map shows these lectures over time:

Here are the links to the virtual tours I’m currently running:

Black Abolitionist Virtual Walking Tour: https://virtualblackabolitionisttour.eventbrite.co.uk

Black Literary London Virtual Walking Tour: https://virtualblackliterarytouroflondon.eventbrite.co.uk

Black American Women Virtual Walking Tour: https://virtualblackamericanwomentour.eventbrite.co.uk

Frederick Douglass in Britain and Ireland Virtual Walking Tour: https://virtualtourfrederickdouglassinbritainandireland.eventbrite.co.uk

I can organise tours for school groups, university courses, and private organisations – both in-person and virtual, just ask!

Any questions? Contact me at hannahrose.murray78@gmail.com, and if you want to learn more about this topic, please visit my website dedicated to my research.