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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

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Address: 826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107
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+1 901-527-3427
10:00 - 16:00
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Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this...

Visitors can tour the tunnels used by runaway slaves who stopped at this plantation, one of the stations of the Underground Railroad.

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I found my trip here to be very informative, can't say it's something I can get my kids to want to visit, but educational, and the very friendly staff can capture their attention... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I found my trip here to be very informative, can't say it's something I can get my kids to want to visit, but educational, and the very friendly staff can capture their attention a few times before it's no longer fun for them. History is important!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we visited this place as it gives an incredible insight into something most people cannot even begin to imagine happened. The ladies who gave the talks were excellent, professional and knowledgeable. The tour was first class and I highly recommend a visit. We came away feeling humbled by being able to learn something and be thankful it is... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I went to the Burkle Estate after visiting the Civil Rights Museum. The debit card machine was down and they were very disorganized at handling cash transactions. The group on the tour we were in was far too big for the staff to handle. There wasn't even room for us to fit in each room so some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The underground slave haven was easily located on N.2nd st. The actual home of Jacob Burkle , of German ancestry, was used to harbour escaping runaway slaves as they made their way north to freedom. This actual underground railroad waystation is located near the banks of the Mississippi river.. We were given the opportunity to go to the actual room... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Is a very nice place where you actually can learn about the past and it teaches you very valuable things.

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Ellenwood, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This was an extremely informative and moving tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job explaining everything.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

The tour was pieced together with three different tour guides. It is a very small place so each guide just did a room or two. You jumped in whenever you arrived because the tour just moves in a circle. I thought the ticket price was a little high. Good information but some was just telling us what I could read... More 

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Spokane, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This museum brings a horrible time in our nation's history alive. This humble house near the Mississippi was a stop on the road to freedom - Canada. Not the North, as we erroneously believed. Their displays paint a vivid picture of discrimination and racism, which has not been eradicated in this country. The guides are interesting and incredibly knowledgeable. The... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The house worked as a part of the underground railway helping escaping slaves to travel north. Full of interesting stuff, but guiding needed to be fully understood. The guides we encountered were awesome, balancing each other with very different personalities but also very deep knowledge. The house looks small but with all the information you get inside, it's well worth... More 

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Northern Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We enjoyed our tour of the Burke Estate Museum (Slave Haven). It was slow in the off-season, and the staff was a few minutes late opening up. It's a fairly small pre-civil war house, with some displays relating primarily to slavery and the slave trade in the early 19th century. Our guide led us down into the cellar where it... More 

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