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African American Heritage Tours



 

Join us for journeys into African American cultural and historical tours. Fantastic Tours & Travel has been a leader in student travel for the past decade.  With over 50 years of combined experience, Fantastic Tours has created exciting and memorable adventures for students in all disciplines. Every city has a rewarding African American educational experience.  A few cities are outlined below with important highlights.  Please call Fantastic Tours with the city of your choice.

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Philadelphia Experience
Experience the history, roots and religion of the African Community dating some fifty years before the arrival of William Penn.  The story epitomizes the long painful struggle of Black Leaders and Patriots as they persevered in their pursuits of freedom and the accomplishments of their descendents.  We visit the historical sites where they made their mark on history including Mother Bethel AME Church and the African American History Museum, Liberty Bell, Franklin Court, James Foster's House, Christ Church and others.
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Philadelphia - Underground Railroad
Experience the "Trackless Trail" through Chester County beginning with the Chester County Historical Society.  The trail begins with a driving tour through the Brandywine Valley including a stop at Longwood Progressive Meeting and Cemetery, Cheney University, and actual 'stations' owned by 'conductors' who harbored runaway slaves.  Our guides will share the lore and secret actions of the much dedicated Quakers on the 'Trackless Trail'.

 

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Harlem, New York Experience

The soul of African American culture of the Northeast can be found in the heart of Harlem.  Our tour will take you from the glory days of the Harlem Renaissance to the present.  We'll trace the cultural roots through the elegant and stately residential areas of Hamilton Heights, Sugar Hill and Strivers Row.  As we drive down 125th Street and pass the famous Apollo Theater,  you can almost hear the great music performed there.  Next, we'll make stops at Schaumberg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Abyssinian Baptist Church.  Then its on to Studio Museum which is the premiere showcase for contemporary African American artists.  This Tour will also see the 116th Street Market, Hale House, Riverside Park and others.

 

Baltimore Experience
Baltimore's rich African American heritage offers a wide variety of things to do, see and experience.  Our tour begins at the Orchard Street Church, then on to Fells Point and numerous other important historical sites.  One of the highlights of this tour is the Great Blacks in Wax Museum.  This is the first and only museum of its kind in the United States.  Also included on this tour are visits to the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Site of the Royal Theater, Billie Holliday Park and the Black Soldier Statue.  This tour is truly a cornucopia of the African American Experience.

 

 

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Washington D.C.
On this tour you will visit sites that are National Landmarks.  We will familiarize you with 4 historic figures who are central to African American history in this city and Nation.  These individuals are Frederick Douglass, Mary McLoud Bethune, Oliver Otis Howard and Abraham Lincoln.  We'll visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Howard University, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Lincoln Park, Bethune Museum, Benjamin Banneker Memorial Circle and Fountain, Anacostia Museum, St. Augustine Catholic Church and Ebenezer Methodist Church.
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St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis African American descendents have played a large role in the area’s development since St. Louis was founded in 1764.Meachum’s life is featured in the exhibits at the Black World History Museum and his gravesite can be visited at Bellefontaine Cemetery.  The first St. Louis land grant to a woman of color, named only as Ester in the Spanish documents, was located in this historic district just north of the Gateway Arch. The Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis is one of America’s most important historic sites. It was here that slave Dred Scott sued for his freedom and the freedom of his wife, Harriett in 1847. 

 

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Memphis, Tennessee
After the Civil War African Americans headed to Memphis and came to Beale Street to seek economic opportunities. After visiting this site the tour will continue to Beale Street to the Memphis Rock “N” Soul Museum. Another museum depicting famous black musicians is the Pink Palace and Planetarium. W. C. Handy Park and the Chandy House Museum is a stop on your African American tour. The Gospel Museum which inspired the blues that W. C.  Handy wrote full Gospel Tabernacle and Mason Temple Church of God and Christ when Dr. King gave his famous speech – “I’ve been to the mountain tops” - a must do on this African American Experience Tour.
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Atlanta Experience
Welcome to Atlanta, a cultural journey through time from the Civil War to Civil Rights.  We’ll visit the Underground Atlanta (the birthplace of Atlanta), Peachtree Street, Auburn Avenue, and The Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District. Add the Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Kings Tomb and Ebenezer Baptist Church to make the African American History tour very rewarding. End your day tour with the Cyclorama depicting the downfall of the confederacy that opened the door to freedom for all. A stop for lunch at Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food restaurant adds to your African American Experience.

 

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Detroit - Underground Railroad
A memorable heritage tour that takes you along the Underground Railroad to relive the plight of those who sought freedom under the North Star. Your professional guide will include tours to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Buxton Historical Museum, and John Freeman Walls Underground Railroad Museum. This tour is steeped rich in African American history will enlighten your students to the struggle of the refugee slave.
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Detroit Experience
Detroit is rich in black history offers outstanding museums including the Museum of African American History and Motown Historical Museum are a “must see and do” in your one-day outing. End the day with a visit to St. John/St. Luke Church of Christ and the Second Baptist Church of Detroit.

 

 

 

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From elementary school through college and beyond, we can set up age appropriate tours to maximize the learning and recreational experience.

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  High school groups - add a day to visit local colleges and universities.  This option truly combines the past with the future...your future!