We're Headed to Paris!

Ricki Stevenson leading Black Paris Tours

Take an excursion into history as we join Ricki Stevenson, senior scholar guide, with Black Paris Tours. Our virtual exploration incorporates photographs, music, and videos as we trace familiar major routes throughout out the “City of Light.”

We start with Isis, the ancient Egyptian divinity and the founding of Paris in 300 BCE. We then meet Blacks who were honored members of the French Royal Courts. As we shift gears, we explore the 1803 Louisiana Purchase prompted by the defeat of the French during the Haitian Revolution waged by enslaved freedom fighters.

Stevenson reminds us the sites familiar to abolitionists and even black soldiers who fought on French soil during the World War I and II.  We round out our journey by getting to know than many African American intellectuals, writers, visual artists, musicians, educators, and others who saw Paris as a refuge from U.S. racism.    

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