Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial

Washington, DC

The memorial, DC’s first statue of a black woman, honors the educator and founder of the National Council of Negro Women.

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1. Lincoln Park

0.04 MILES

Lincoln Park is the lively center of Capitol Hill’s east end. Joggers and stroller-pushing families zip past the Emancipation Memorial, a statue of a…

2. Emancipation Memorial

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Freed black slaves raised the funds to erect this 1876 memorial, which portrays the snapping of slavery’s chains as Abraham Lincoln proffers the…

3. The Fridge


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4. Folger Shakespeare Library

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Bard-o-philes will be all aflutter here, as the library holds the world's largest collection of old Billy’s works. Stroll through the Great Hall to see a…

5. Congressional Cemetery

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Yes, that is a dachshund snuffling around J Edgar Hoover's tombstone, while a black lab lopes over the final resting place of composer John Philip Sousa…

6. Adams Building

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One of the Library of Congress' three buildings, this holds 180 miles of shelving and is used mostly by researchers.

7. Marine Barracks

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