Struggle and Triumph: Black History on Pennsylvania Avenue

Home Rule demonstration in front of the District Building 1973 DCPL EVENING START COLLECTION

Black History from Emancipation to Home Rule

When Washington, D.C was dubbed "Chocolate City" in the early 1970s, the title reflected its status as the first majority-Black city in the U.S.  At that time, the nation's capital was a center of Black political leadership, culture, arts, and wealth.  Sites along Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House figure prominently in the story of how Black residents achieved such influence and power.

Learn about the emancipation of enslaved D.C. residents, the landmark march for the women's suffrage, the infamous Snow "Riot," the evolution of D.C. Home Rule.

Stops on the walking tour include D.C.'s Old City Hall, the National Council of Negro Women headquarters, the National Archives, the site of "Newspaper Row," Freedom Plaza, the World War I Memorial--and more!

Led by special guest guide Tim Wright

Tim Wright is the founder of Attucks Adams walking tours.  He brings twenty years of practice in experiential education to his work as a D.C. tour guide, having taught civics and American history, helped people learn both through documenting the built environment and interpreting monuments and memorials. Others areas of expertise include teacher professional development, museum education, and teaching K-12 students in the classroom as well as in out-of-school environments.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

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

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants.

$35 per person

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

Walk departs from the statue of Abraham Lincoln located in front of Old City Hall (451 Indiana Ave NW)
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