Washington, D.C. has been a center of African-American history and culture since the creation of this “Federal District.” Visit the sites rooted in our nation’s history thanks to the contributions of freed and enslaved African-Americans. Stand where Civil Rights heroes and icons have stood and changed the history of our great Nation! Complete this experience with reserved entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
This tour explores the rich and often untold history of African-Americans in our Nation’s Capitol. Ever since the 17th century, when African-Americans were first brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, they have contributed to the creation and flourishing of our Nation’s Capital. This tour highlights several historically significant African-American areas, starting with a drive to Cedar Hill in the historic community of Anacostia. The community was once home to the famous freed slave and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass, a renowned civil rights activist, lawyer and writer.
After taking a glimpse into the past at Anacostia, visit Howard University, one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist and founder of the National Council of Negro Women, Mary McLeod Bethune.
Following the visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, pass through LeDriot Park, Shaw Neighborhood and historic “U” Street. These areas of D.C. showcase the vibrant and unique local culture that still thrives in these neighborhoods. Home to the largest urban African-American community in the United States in the early 1900s, the areas were known for launching their own “Black Broadway,” a home to entertainment legends from past and present.
Continue your trip by journeying into downtown D.C. to visit site of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, and the M.L.K. Memorial. As the trip heads downtown, you will also enter Logan Circle where you can see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House.
Finally, you will stand where civil rights heroes and icons stood and changed the history of our great Nation at the temple-like Lincoln Memorial. The Memorial's views across "the Mall," as well as its metaphorical view into our past, provides a glimpse into the rich and intricate pattern that African Americans have brought to the "tapestry" of American history. The tour concludes with reserved entry into the National Museum of African American History and Culture.