African American Historic Artist and Distinctive Residents Tour
Join Terry, Cultural Architectural Historian Certified Tour Guide, for a Washington, DC neighborhood walking tour. LeDroit Park was established just beyond the original boundary of the District of Columbia. Andrew Jackson Downing’s influential Country Houses inspired the distinctive Italian villa and Gothic cottage residences, many of which can be seen on this tour. Despite its designation as a whites-only neighborhood, the first African American to move into the subdivision in 1893 was Capitol barber Octavious Williams. By the early 20th century, prominent African American families – including faculty of neighboring Howard University – called the neighborhood home. Famous African American residents also included writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (whose poem “Sympathy” featured the line “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” later made famous by Maya Angelou), as well as civil rights leaders Robert and Mary Church Terrell. This walk discusses how unique architecture and proximity to Howard University combined to create a prestigious neighborhood for the 20th century and beyond.
Group meets outside Shaw Metro Station 1701 8th St NW Washington, DC 20001
March 18, April 21, and May 19th at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cost $40.00
Murals of Our City
Barbara our Cultural Historian Certified Tour Guide is giving a two hour walking tour of the murals and historic sites in the Greater U Street Historic District. Once called a “city within a city”, at the turn of the century this neighborhood became a hub of commercial, intellectual and cultural life for African Americans. We will visit sites where important black leaders in the civil rights movement, education, law and music made history. And, adding to the caveats of history we will examine the murals that artists have painted in remembrance of our heritage.
You’ll learn about the artists who created the murals, the stories they tell about the neighborhood and the DC organizations who work to facilitate the creation and placement of these beautiful works of art.
Group meets outside U Street Metro Station 10th Street Side
Dates: March 10, March 11, March 24, March 25 May 6, May 20, 2018 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm