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

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Stop At: Philip Simmons Museum Home and Workshop, 30 1/2 Blake St, Charleston, SC 29403-5044

We will start our exploration of Charleston's 300 year old African community at the Philip Simmons Museum where one of the greatest African American artist of the 20th century created a lifetime of beauty. Led by the museum docents, we will witness the humble life of a great artisan.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Aiken-Rhett House, 48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250

Built in 1820 by merchant John Robinson, the Aiken-Rhett House is nationally significant as one of the best-preserved townhouse complexes in the nation. Vastly expanded by Governor and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. in the 1830s and again in the 1850s, the house and its outbuildings include a kitchen, the original slave quarters, carriage block and back lot. The house and its surviving furnishings offer a compelling portrait of urban life in antebellum Charleston, as well as a Southern politician, slaveholder and industrialist. The house spent 142 years in the Aiken family's hands before being sold to the Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975.

Pass By: Mother Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

The church was founded as the Hampstead Church on Reid and Hanover streets. Hampstead Church was part of the "Bethel circuit" of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independent black denomination in the United States, founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 by Richard Allen. They created an independent congregation because of a dispute over use of the black burial ground. The white-dominated churches had increasingly discriminated against blacks in Charleston, culminating in Bethel Methodist's construction of a hearse house over its black burial ground. In 1818, church leader Morris Brown left a white Methodist church in protest, and more than 4,000 Black members of the city's three Methodist churches followed him to create this new church.


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4.8 based on 10 reviews

  • Tanya_G 5
    25 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.

  • taylorrN498GI 5
    23 Nov 2021

    This was my favorite tour I took. While I loved our other tours of the city, this one taught me the most. Larry is a master story teller and does a great job getting back to the crux of things. He might wander a bit during the story, but always brings it back. He combines the past of Charleston with the present. I love this tour, and I want Larry to be my best friend.

  • MaryLou_H 3
    13 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!

  • candee_c 5
    11 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.

  • Edgar_T 5
    05 Sep 2021

    The tour guide and Mrs. Rosse were excellent. They were great story tellers and very passionate in their sharing.

  • Nirmala S 5
    19 Aug 2021

    Most interesting tour I’ve been on. Completely off the tourist track. See some of the real Charleston. it’s history in the slave trade and it’s people’s contributions to American society.

  • Terri_P 5
    27 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.

  • R6122AHmichaell 5
    27 Aug 2020

    Larry is an extremely engaging and knowledgeable host who clearly loves his city. We’d recommend this tour and him any time.

  • Shiraz A 5
    03 Mar 2020

    A brilliant, fascinating, hard-hitting tour into the heart of darkness of America where beauty canco- exist with slavery and the spirit of a people taken from Africa can be muzzled but not silenced. Larry is very knowledgable and is natural storyteller. He brings the dignity of his subjects to life. If you visit Charleston, this tour is a must. If you want to understand America's original sin. this tour is a must. If you want to hear true stories that will make you cry and rejoice and show the depth of humankind's cruelty and dignity, then this tour is for you. This tour should be made mandatory for all schoolchildren in Charleston.

  • J2633RXbarbarab 5
    11 Feb 2020

    This was a true history lesson that covered topics outside of Charleston but linked to its history. Stories of potential despair presented by my guide Larry with a sense of optimism that was really uplifting. The Phillip Simmons house and workshop were completely amazing. The woman who runs it knew Mr. Simmons and had stories unending about him and the larger community. I loved walking through this part of town and learning all the aspects of this part of the city and the history and legacy of the system of slavery.

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