Aug 2 - Sep 9

Caesar's Rebellion

Caesar's Rebellion Part I

Length: 90 minutes | Thursdays

The Caesar's Rebellion Pt. I walking tour is set in the 18th century of British New York. This tale is set on the southern tip of the island Manhattan that is home to the wealthy master class, merchants, pirates, sailors, indentures, prostitutes, free Black people, and enslaved Africans. This walking tour explains how the enslaved and free people of African descent worked together to subvert the system of slavery and define a culture of rebellion. Central to this story are several enslaved men by the name of Caesar being brought to the port city of New York from the sugar plantations of the West Indies culminating with the first armed Black rebellion in 1712. Tours meet at 192 Front Street in the South Street Seaport between Fulton Street and John Street; right next to the Broadway Tickets store.

Caesar's Rebellion Part II

Length: 90 minutes

The Caesar’s Rebellion Pt. II walking tour picks up after the rebellion on April 6th 1712. Stricter laws have been passed to limit Black life in the aftermath of the rebellion but the population of enslaved Africans continues to increase as does the working poor from England and Ireland, creating a large and loosely organized underclass. The result is another attempt at revolution in 1741 known as "The New York Conspiracy" or “the Great Negro Plot”. Unlike most rebellions in the colonies or West Indies, the conspirators were tried in the New York Supreme Court over an extensive period and also documented in a journal by one of the justices creating an insightful look into slavery, colonial law, class, and politics.