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Manumission Tour Company

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Manumission Tour Company curates guided cultural heritage tours designed to highlight Alexandria’s extensive African American History. Owned by a fourth generation Alexandria, this company offers weekend guided walking February thru December. Our...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
717 Queen St, Outside the Barrett Library, Alexandria, VA 22314-2420
+1 703-719-2150
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

John Taylor Chapman did an excellent job giving a voice to the voiceless. I appreciated being able to learn about history that unfortunately isn't taught in mainstream american culture. The locations were systematically placed to tell full stories that were discovered through what seems like...More

Thank Sarah F
Reviewed 5 April 2018

This walking tour, usually with about 10 people, focuses on little known events of African American history starting in the 1600s and ending post-Civil War. The tour company was organized by John Taylor Chapman, a member of the Alexandria City Council. It costs $15 per...More

Thank mseltzhpm
Reviewed 18 March 2018

A few from our party have actually lived in Alexandria and passed many of the buildings that were highlights on this tour....we had no idea of the rich history that the buildings held. The stories were personal, funny, sad, inspiring, and most of all educational....More

Thank michipole123
Reviewed 15 March 2018

This is a great tour of the other side of colonial days in America. We learned in detail about individual manumission and the laws that gradually ended restrictions on it - all well before Emancipation. Along the way we heard personal stories in detail of...More

Thank Elisabeth C
Reviewed 12 March 2018

This tour provided a fascinating view of life for enslaved people in Alexandria and how some gained their freedom from their owners, with visits to colonial sites around Old Town and the waterfront where they lived and worked. John Taylor Chapman knows the history of...More

Thank viajomundo
Reviewed 9 March 2018

We had the tour with John and he was amazing. Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his work. This is the best walking tour I've ever taken in the US. John provides depth to the tour by having photos of sites and people prepared to enrich...More

Thank Michelle K
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Manumission Tour Company gives tours on African American history in Old Town Alexandria. They have walking tours, scavenger hunts and other activities that give insight into the lives of enslaved and free blacks of blacks in early America through the 1960s. We did the scavenger...More

Thank PurpleMac7
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Received an informative overview of concrete African American experiences associated with slavery and freed labor living experiences and the activities under ground railroad northward. From my experiences in other tours of historical Alexandria, this tour covers vitally important ground that others barely touch. Highly recommended!

Thank david B
John C, Owner at Manumission Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

David-- Thank you for touring with us!

Reviewed 5 October 2017

The tour was very interesting and quite educational for families (parents and children 6years old and up) interested in American Colonial History, including daily life in urban slavery. I highly recommend this tour of Old Town Alexandria where the past is very real and present....More

Thank rudy B
John C, Owner at Manumission Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Thank you for touring with us!

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Fantastic tour! John is a natural storyteller who brings the history of slavey and abolition in pre-Civil War Virginia to life. A city leader with a passion for this community - past and present - John has extensively researched the stories of Alexandria's people and...More

Thank TimCurry
John C, Owner at Manumission Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Tim-- Thank you for touring with me!

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Valerie P
26 June 2018|
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Response from JohnC14943 | Property representative |
Yes! We can definitely do a special tour for your family reunion and work in the Slave Museum!! Please let me know the best email address to reach you and I will send some additional questions so that we can nail down the... More