Black History in Lafayette Park

Decatur House slave quarters annex in Lafayette Park

From Slave Quarters to Black Lives Matter Plaza

When Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had a two-block long section of 16th Street, NW christened Black Lives Matter Plaza, she guaranteed that it would forever be connected to the history of American racial injustice and civil rights. 16th Street terminates at Lafayette Park, a seven-acre public space overlooking the White House. African Americans have been making history here since the nation’s capital was founded; long before #BlackLivesMatter, Black lives were an influential, dynamic and forceful presence in Lafayette Park.  This walking tour will recount the stories of

  • Paul Jennings, enslaved by President James Madison;
  • James Wormley, proprietor of one of Washington’s most successful hotels;
  • Freedman’s Savings Bank, founded after the U.S. Civil War;
  • Charlotte Dupuy, who sued her enslaver, Secretary of State Henry Clay, for her freedom.

Plus other Lafayette Park sites associated with the Black lives that constitute our collective history--the history of D.C. and the United States.

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Portrait of Carolyn

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Available for private and group tour bookings - please email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Please contact us to reserve this walk.

$35 per person

Available for private and group tour bookings.  Contact for a quote.

Departs from outside the Farragut West Metro station's 17th Street exit (1638 I Street NW)
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