D.C. History Webinars
From Pete and Walt to Lucy and Mary: Honoring D.C.’s Rainbow History
On April 30, 2020, a Queen Anne-style house located on Kearney Street in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood was approved as a D.C. Landmark and recommended for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. From 1922 until 1937 it was the home of Lucy Diggs Slowe and Mary Burrill, life partners who were leaders in D.C.’s African American community, Slowe as the first Dean of Women at Howard University and Burrill as a long-time teacher at the esteemed Dunbar High School. The two join a long line of LGBTQ women and men who have made history in Washington, D.C. Martin Murray, a Washington Walks tour guide and contributor to D.C.’s Rainbow History Project, will share the story of Lucy Diggs Slowe and Mary Burrill as well as that of a Civil War-era gay couple whose relationship also become part of D.C. history: Peter Doyle and Walt Whitman.
Host: Carolyn Crouch, Founder, Washington Walks