08/24/2011 12:53 pm ET Updated Oct 24, 2011

Black Heritage Tours Highlight Paris' African-American History (VIDEO)

Tours that explore Paris' black history promise to explore the link between African-Americans and the City of Light.

Stops on the tour's route highlight prominent figures like performer Josephine Baker, Napoleon's general Thomas-Alexandre Dumas and his son, writer Alexandre Dumas. There's also mention of Thomas Jefferson's Paris years, early pioneers of African-American rights, and Paris' 1920s jazz scene.

"For African-Americans, Paris became that place where you could come and thrive," tour guide Ricki Stevenson told the BBC. "It was a place where you were afforded treatment based on who you were — what was your character."

Watch the video for a glimpse of one of Stevenson's tours, and visit her website here.