CHELSEA — A local advocacy group is celebrating Black History Month with a walking tour of the neighborhood.
Highlights will include the Hopper-Gibbons House on West 29th Street — which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad — and the shuttered Church of St. Vincent de Paul on West 23rd Street, which freed Haitian slave Pierre Toussaint helped found.
"Although it is often forgotten, Chelsea played a significant role in New York's African American community and its history, particularly in the second half of the 19th century,” the release said.
Guides will also touch upon the history of the Tenderloin district — "home of the city’s largest African-American settlement" by the 1890s — the city's jazz and ragtime scenes, and the black churches and cultural institutions of late 19th-century Chelsea.
Prospective attendees are asked to sign up for the pay-what-you-wish tour by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.