The tour as such took about 2 hours, in which Meredith covered some Harlem highlights in a 5 block radius, highlighting various churches, the Apollo theater and some other iconic places. In the meantime she passionately shared everything you want to know about the history of gospel and the African American community in the US in general. Just before 11am we entered the church of Salem where we got to follow a service, with some excellent singing. Not 100% sure it’s all that authentic, as there were a lot of tourists in the church – like 90 to 95% of all visitors. So it felt like a tourist attraction, but can be wrong.
Tips we want to share
• The walk in and afterwards from Harlem back to the Chelsea district is about 25km
• You’re asked not to take any pictures or video in the church during the mess, but nearly everyone does and they don’t seem to mind. You’re also asked to stay for the entire service and not walk about during, as this is pretty disturbing