African Americans have been a vital part of Washington's life and development from its very inception. The capital of the country was literally built by black individuals, both slave and free, and a freed Black man helped in the initial survey of the District’s boundaries. By the 1970’s and for decades afterwards, DC was known as “Chocolate City” because it was predominantly African-American. Throughout this entire period, thousands of African American men and women have made major contributions to the city’s physical, economic, social, and cultural development, and we explore this rich history on our Black Washington Unveiled™ tour.
From the comfort of a chauffeured vehicle, we kick-off the Black Washington Unveiled™ tour with music from local legend Chuck Brown, a jazz guitarist and singer who is the undisputed creator of Go-Go music. Once thoroughly amped up, we’ll visit a variety of sites that have played an important role in the development of the African American community. Not only will you visit the home of orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglas, but you will also see the home that served as the headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, a group dedicated to advancing the interests of African American women and the black community.
You will also ride down the street which was known in the 1920s as “Black Broadway” due to legends like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald performing there. Indeed, the surrounding neighborhood, known as “U Street”, was home to the nation's largest urban African American community until it was overtaken in the 1920s by Harlem in New York City. It is no surprise then that the African American Civil War Memorial was erected in the heart of this community, and you will see inscribed on this memorial the name of every Black soldier who gave his life to secure freedom for his fellow brethren.
No tour of Black Washington would be complete without visiting the memorial erected to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. You can gaze upon King’s statue and read selected quotes from his speeches and writings.
We conclude at the very place King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech: the Lincoln Memorial. There is no better place to cap off the tour than at the memorial erected for the man who emancipated the slaves and where nearly 100 years later another man would continue the fight for equality for all Black Americans. At the end of Black Washington Unveiled™, you will truly understand DC’s importance to the African American community.
Duration: Approximately 5-7 hours
Cost: Contact us for a quote.
• Martin Luther King Memorial
• U Street neighborhood
• Lincoln Memorial
• Frederick Douglass' House
• African-American Civil War Memorial