Map: NYC Freedom Trail in Lower Manhattan

Since as early as the mid-15th century, New York City has been one of the most diverse and economically ambitious cities in the country. As one of the most prosperous ports and an early financial center of the world, it played a significant role in trading ships, manufactured goods, crops, and slaves.

Slavery was widely practiced throughout American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and New York City was no exception until it was abolished in the early 19th century. Later, during the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement, it continued to be a key battleground for the fight for freedom and equality.

Follow and explore the historic locations within the sweeping narrative of the abolitionist movement, along with the roots and growth of the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. Explore meeting houses, museums, churches, safe havens, bars, restaurants and burial grounds where historical events took place hundreds of years ago.

Map courtesy of The NYC Freedom Trail.