Guided Tour of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church’s Slave Galleries

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church on the Lower East Side is one of the last remaining churches that has maintained the structural integrity of its “slave galleries,” the upper level of the sanctuary where enslaved people and free people of color were forced to worship segregated from the white congregation.

On the 190th anniversary of the church, join us for a series of intimate guided tours* of the Galleries with Penny King and Sandra Walker, co-chairs of The St. Augustine’s Project.

*Please note that the Slave Galleries are only accessible by stairs.

 

On display in the Slave Galleries will be how the other 1/2 lived, a light installation by denzel russel.

The St. Augustine’s Project is an unprecedented non profit initiative of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church that researches, preserves, and interprets the “slave galleries,” or the upper level of the sanctuary where enslaved people and free people of color were forced to worship segregated from the white congregation. The St. Augustine’s Project has led the effort to raise funds to renovate and educate publics about the “slave galleries,” 19th century life on the Lower East Side, and the legacy of its African American communities. The St. Augustine’s Project is committed to making these spaces available to the public for visits and reflection. To learn more, visit www.staugnyc.org