Central Harlem: A walk through African-American history and culture

Take a walk through historic Central Harlem

Harlem is a cultural hub and a significant center of African-American history and culture. Join tour guide and native New Yorker, Joseph Landon, for this unforgettable walk in one of the city’s most important neighborhoods.

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Tour Guide Joseph Landon leading a tour in Harlem.

Historic Harlem

In the early 1900s, Harlem experienced a massive influx of African Americans during the Great Migration, who were seeking better job opportunities and escaping racial discrimination in the South.

This led to a cultural explosion, as Black artists, musicians, writers, and intellectuals flocked to Harlem. The neighborhood soon became the epicenter of Black culture and creativity, known as the Harlem Renaissance.

Despite the Harlem Renaissance ending in the 1930s, Harlem continued to be a hub for Black culture and activism throughout the 20th century. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s brought new energy and activism to Harlem, as Black leaders and organizations worked tirelessly to achieve racial equality and justice.

Harlem walking tour highlights

As we walk through Harlem, we’ll see street art and numerous murals that celebrate the neighborhood’s rich cultural history and diversity. We’ll learn about the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and the African-American experience, which have all contributed to shaping Harlem into the vibrant and dynamic community it is today.

Other highlights include:

  • The historic church where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his first speech in NYC
  • Stories about Jazz legends like Billie Holiday, Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake and others
  • We’ll visit the Birthplace of the Black National Anthem
  • Unheralded figures and institutions that have set the standards for human and civil rights (Marcus Garvey and the UNIA)
  • Stunning brownstones and architecture that reveal the original beauty of the neighborhood.
  • Personal stories about Harlem from your tour guide, a born and raised New Yorker
Joe leading a tour of Harlem.

Recent feedback from a tour on Google Reviews:

” We went on the historical tour of Harlem and it was such a refreshing and uplifting experience. Joseph was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about black history in NYC; he was as excited to see most of the highlights as we were.” 

Recent feedback from a tour on TripAdvisor:

“We took the Central Harlem Walking Tour with Joseph Landon and had a great experience. Joseph’s passion and knowledge of NYC history was evident throughout the tour. He was a great guide — easy to listen to and an engaging speaker. He even sang “Lift Every Voice” for us! I highly recommend this tour and will book another tour soon.” 

About the Harlem walking tour


Around 90 minutes (we will send you the meet up location when you sign up)


About 1.5 miles


$40.00 per person
(Best suited for ages 12+) 

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Your guide

Joseph Landon

Study up for our tour by listening to the Bowery Boys episodes about Harlem.