March 18, 2011
-- Philadelphia, PA: BLACK HISTORY MONTH KICKED OFF THE NEWEST HISTORIC TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA that is not only wide-ranging, but also affordable. For only $15 you can literally walk in the footsteps of Philadelphia’
s African American ancestors. There are discounts for seniors, college students, and school groups. The African American Heritage Walking Tours is produced by The Autis Project(www.theautisproject)
, and has been endorsed by the Independence Visitors Center. The tours start off at the visitor’s center at 6th and Market Streets in Old City, and, depending on the comfort of your walking shoes, can last up to two hours and go as far away as North Philadelphia. The tours educate visitors on Philadelphia’
s role in the Underground Railroad and the impact African Americans had in the shaping of America. This year’s newest tour explores Philadelphia’
s musical roots – and starts out on Broad Street. The African American Historic Walking Tours are the brainchild of Sharon Speights. Speights, a history buff, recently moved to Philadelphia and became fascinated with the historic sites that are in walking distance of one another. “In a recession, our visitors welcome the opportunity to learn about Philadelphia’
s rich history without breaking the bank,” says Speights. “The African American Heritage Walking Tours allows you the opportunity to visit, learn, and still have money left over to enjoy a nice dinner and stay in a nice hotel.” The African American Heritage Walking Tours take place seven days a week between the months of February and October. For more information go to www.theautisproject.com. To purchase tickets go to www.independencevisitorcenter.com.
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