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Washington, DC: African American History Tour

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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 the nation’s history, thanks to the contributions of freed and enslaved African-Americans.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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  • Walk the grounds of Washington, D.C. and its famous attractions & monuments
  • Hop aboard the comfortable, climate-controlled tour busses for a memorable journey
  • Explore the rich history of African Americans in the nation’s capital
  • Upgrade to a private tour with pickup from your hotel
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COVID-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

This tour will explore the rich and often untold history of African Americans in the nation’s capital. This tour highlights significant areas starting with a drive to Cedar Hill in the historic community of Anacostia -home of the famous freed slave and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass, a renowned civil right activist, lawyer, and writer during his life.

After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Fredrick Douglas, proceed to 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 your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through LeDriot Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African-American community in the United States in the early 1900’s, it created its own “Black Broadway” - a home to entertainment legends from the past and present. The next stop on the tour is the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by these disenfranchised soldiers.

You will then take a journey into downtown DC to the sites of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White house and the M.L.K. Memorial. As you head downtown, you will enter the Logan Circle historic district to see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house. The tour ends in front of the African American History and Culture Museum where you will learn about Civil Rights heroes and icons who changed the history of this Nation.
  • Comprehensive overview of African History and Culture
  • Live tour guide
  • Luxury climate-controlled tour busses
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

US Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Important information
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• Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, all Smithsonian Institutions, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, are closed until further notice
• Please note that live tour guide narration is provided in English only
• For Spanish and Mandarin languages, you must download the Tour Buddy App

From US$ 89 per person

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