San Francisco African American Heritage Tour

San Francisco African American Heritage TourFull of a long and rich African American influence, San Francisco offers a wide array of sites and experiences that can excite and educate you for days.  We start at Portsmouth Sq. which was formally called the village of Yerba Buena and the site of San Francisco’s first hotel – the City Hotel built in 1846 by William Alexander Leidesdorff (1810-1848), an African American and one of San Francisco’s most prominent citizens.

The tour continues to the “Athletics” a 12 ft high and 185 ft wide cast stone friese located at George Washington High School and created by Sagent Johnson, who was born in 1888.  We visit the Madame C.J. Walker House site, and the site of the Prine Hall Masonic Lodge founded in 1852.  Your tour continues to the Africa American Soldier Experience at Ft. Point and then continues to the Bayview Opera house, built in 1888.

Opened in 2005 on the ground level of the St. Regis Hotel, the Museum of the African Diaspora features local and international exhibits that highlight African American and the African Diaspora history and Culture.  The MoAD half day tour is followed by a visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  Surrounded by beautiful gardens, you’ll walk under a 22 ft. waterfall and view the twelve engraved glass panels that include some of Dr. King’s most famous quotes.

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel offers two breathtaking sites.  One is a panoramic view of San Francisco, and the other is the 1926 mural of Queen Califa, the beautiful black Queen from whom California is named.  And whether it’s Sunday or not, visits to Glide Memorial Church, the St. John Coltrane African American Church and the Third Baptist Church are sure to stimulate the soul.  Third Baptist Church is the oldest Baptist Church west of the Rockies.

The African American Historical and Cultural Society Museum is filled with African American and African artifacts, artwork, sculptures and exhibitions.

No trip to San Francisco is complete without experiencing a taste of Jazz of Fillmore.  Our dine-a-round jazz tour takes you to Yoshi’s, Rasella’s, 1300 and depending who’s in town, The Fillmore Auditorium.

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