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

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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.
30-1/2 Blake St , 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.

Mother Emanuel AME Church , 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
  • 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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.
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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 travellers 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 sanitisation during Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers 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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star-3
Updated description needed
Shaniqua_Y
, May 2022
The tour was good. The reason I gave 3 stars was because it's marketed as including a stop at Mother Emmanuel AME church but that is not the case. The description should be updated. Howee, I did enjoy learning about the life and legacy of Philip Simmons.
star-5
Extremely informative....
Bill_M
, May 2022
Extremely informative. Enjoyable interactive. Outstanding affable exceptionally informed guide who created a true “companion” experience
star-2
It was ok not worth the money.
Jamie_L
, Feb. 2022
I take tons of tours and was excited for this tour to go to the Mother Emmanuel church which I was informed in the beginning that it would not be included. We really spent most the time at the museum with a short walk which was a circle and I honestly was mostly bored. I’m sure others would enjoy it. I also assumed by the Photo used I’d have a black guide and he was not so some of his wording etc was just not correct. As 2 black travelers anytime something was mentioned about slavery etc we were looked at and pointed too which wasn’t fun. We could have did this tour ourselves.
star-4
Interesting Experience
Dr_J
, Feb. 2022
Our tour guide, Larry, has a unique presentation style. We were able to dive deeply into the life of Phillip Simmons. I enjoyed everything I learned. This tour did not follow a linear path like most tours. We spent more time than expected at the first stop and were unable to visit the second museum, which was disappointing. All in al, I learned a lot but did not get exactly what I expected.
star-5
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.
star-3
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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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