All events in the River To River Festival are free and all are welcome.
Night at the Museums showcases Lower Manhattan’s wide range of cultural institutions and historic landmarks. This year 14 dynamic museums, historic sites and tours will be participating in the River to River Festival’s Night at the Museums by offering free admission. All museums and historical sites are within walking distance from one another in one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world.
Participating museums and historic sites include: The African Burial Ground National Monument, China Institute, Federal Hall National Memorial, Fraunces Tavern Museum, Lower Manhattan Tours, Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, National Archives at New York City, National Museum of the American Indian—Smithsonian Institution, National September 11 Memorial Museum, NYC Municipal Archives Visitor Center, 9/11 Tribute Museum, Poets House, The Skyscraper Museum and the South Street Seaport Museum
Black Gotham Experience was founded in 2010 by artist/historian Kamau Ware in New York City. This project celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora with historic walks, media and signature events.
Sarah’s Fire is the second of five core stories that make up the Black Gotham Experience. The tale takes place on day two of British New York in 1664 on the southern tip of the island of Manhattan (a place home to both free and enslaved Black people), in the small town known as Land of the Blacks. This walking tour illustrates the peculiar universe of urban slavery in a port city with deep ties to the sugar plantations of the West Indies. A key persona in this story is an enslaved woman named Sarah who is one of 29 people that participate in the first militarized Black rebellion on the island of Manhattan that took place April 6, 1712.