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United Street Tours

NASHVILLE'S BLACK HISTORY TOURS

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There’s the Music City you know, full of blazing neon lights, selfie sticks, and live music. Then there’s the less familiar one, beyond the lights in the nooks and crannies that most visitors to Nashville overlook. They’re not obvious, but surprises can be found and secrets revealed as we explore African American culture in Nashville by foot.  

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Experience the best of Nashville while seeing the city through the eyes of African American leaders who transformed the Music City.
 
Choose your tour length:
  • Public (1.5-hours)
  • Private (2-hours)
  • Half-day (4-hours)
  • Full-day (6-hours)
  • Multi-day (Varies)

Our popular, award-winning public tours vary from as few as one person to as many as 30, depending on the time of the season and weather conditions. 

They last 1.5 hours, generally cover 1.5 miles of walking, and explore the exteriors and interiors of carefully selected sights. Public tours are ideal for individuals, families and small/mid-size groups. Prices are $67 per person.

Our celebrated private tours are ideal for individuals or large groups who desire deeper conversations about race, culture, and diversity. 

Our private tour options are 2-hours, half-day, full-day, and multi-day experiences. Private tours tend to sell out fast and have limited availability. We recommend booking in advance. Prices start at $750+ and depend on group size. 

Experience beautiful diversity through powerful, creative storytelling that will put you on the path to gaining cultural awareness. 

On this spectacular 4-hour tour, you’ll discover the history, culture, and stories that still permeate the city today. This tour is ideal for individuals and organizations seeking deeper meaning and understandings of African American culture in Nashville.

Our highly recommended full-day tour is the ultimate guide for a culturally immersive, experience in the Music City. 

The full-day experience was established at the urging of several customers and is ideal for companies, organizations, conference groups, churches, schools, and individuals. Prices start at 1,500+ and depend on group size.

Our highly-sought after multi-day tour is an invite-only transformation experience that connects a small, extraordinary group of change-makers and visionaries who are driven by the epic idea to increase cultural awareness.

This experiential learning, cultural immersion experience is the future of the diversity, equity, and inclusion practice. One of the key ingredients to successfully gaining awareness is through the exposure and insight provided on this multi-day tour. This tour is typically hosted annually. If you would like to recommend an individual or group for consideration, please contact us via email: info@unitedstreettours.com

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Nashville Tours

Scattered all around the city, in museums, near monuments and in the streets, pieces of rich African American culture is waiting for you to discover. Hear the missing chapters in the story of the city and capture unforgettable images of unique attractions as you set out on this social justice journey.

Choose your experience: 

  • Tour of African American Culture
  • Civil Rights Movement Tour
  • Nashville: Black Wall Street Story 
  • Black History Tour of Franklin (coming soon)

Tour of african american culture

Overlooked Street Scenes

The story of the black experience in Nashville starts with the Tour of African American Culture taking you back to 1779. This tour is ready to captivate you with the amazing story of the past, present, and future of Nashville from an African American viewpoint.

On this tour, you’ll hear fascinating stories about black history, as well as some elements of  Native American history. For example, you’ll learn about Robert Renfro, one of the first Black entrepreneurs in Nashville who owned his on tavern near public square. Join us for this 1.5-mile walking tour through downtown Nashville for a journey that you won’t soon forget.

Learn more about frontier Nashville on the Tour of African American Culture,

Civil rights movement tour

Marching to Equality

The story of the black experience continues through the 1950s and 1960s on the Civil Rights Movement Tour. Up until the first sit-in at Woolworth in 1960, Nashvillians lived in a segregated society. They moved down a corridor lined with racial tension and a divided mindset: white people on one side and black people on the other. That was the way of life. Until it wasn’t! On this tour, you’ll learn how college students courageously joined the sit-in movement and challenged institutional racism and discrimination. 

Learn more about the behind-the-scenes moments from the Civil Rights Movement on this tour.

nashville: Black wall Street story

White Flight, Black Paradise …Until Now 

If you find yourself turned around or disoriented, walk in either direction down Jefferson Street and you won’t be far from three of the city’s historically black colleges and universities. 

As we weave through this community, the stories we share are sure to shock and amaze you. For example, Fisk University was developed after the Civil War when the union soldiers packed up and went back North leaving the area unmanaged until newly freed slaves developed a blazing community filled with music and over 100 black-owned and operated businesses. These days, though, although the African American influence is firmly sealed, gentrification threatens to uproot it before the history can be passed on.

Learn more about Nashville’s African American community today! This tour is only offered as a private option.

Customer reviews

Excellent diverse perspective!

Our guide was full of amazing stories about black history and the black community in Nashville. We left the tour inspired to become change agents in our community. Very encouraging tour and excellent storytelling! Our tour guide was flexible and friendly. Due to the cold winter weather, we ended our tour in a historic restaurant called Woolworth on 5th. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Nashville and anyone seeking a diverse perspective.
Shenna S.
February 2019
Great Experience!

This was our first time visiting Nashville in a few years. This tour offered a unique experience. You are given an up-close look at several historic sites along with informative, lively commentary. Our guide was able to answer questions that arose as well as knowledgeably share in related discussions. Since the tour is downtown, we were able to continue our own site-seeing after it’s end. We learned key information about Nashville’s history and were able to step outside-the-box...
Shauna F.
February 2019
A Nashville must with substance!

Our family took the African-American history tour and enjoyed every minute. Chakita is such a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide who challenged us to look for the voices and stories that are missing from the historical narratives we’ve always been told. This tour was a great way to see Nashville and learn about the people who helped shape our city but may not show up in history books. I didn’t want it to end and can’t wait to sign up for one of her other tours now!
LaLa
October 2018

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