Washington D.C.


African American Civil War Memorial

10th and U Streets NW, 202/ 667-2667.

Located in the historic Shaw neighborhood, this bold memorial standsin the center of a granite-paved plaza encircled by a wall
honoring the names of 209,145 United States Colored Troops who served in the Civil War. This "Spirit of Freedom" sculpture created by artist Ed Hamilton is dedicated to these Black Civil War troops.



Anacostia Museum

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Photograph by Clara Turner Lee



Anacostia Communy Museum

1901 Fort Place SE, 202/ 630-4820. Mon-Sun, 10 am to 5 pm, Closed December 25.

The mission of the Anacostia Community Museum is to challenge perceptions, broaden perspectives, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of ‘community’ while maintaining its strong ties to Anacostia and the D.C. Metropolitan region.



Black Fashion Museum

2007 Vermont Avenue, NW, 202/ 667-0744. By appointment only.

At the Black Fashion Museum, you can see exhibits of antique and recent garments along with memorabilia that illustrate the important contributions of Black people to the fashion industry -- past, present and future. Learn about Elizabeth Keckley, the first "known" Black dressmaker to sew for a President's wife (Mary Todd Lincoln) and
Ann Lowe, who designed the wedding gown of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy



Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street, SE, 202/ 426-5961.
Daily, 9 am to 5 pm. Call to schedule tour.

Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer, orator and presidential appointee, lived on this estate named "Cedar Hill" from 1877 until his death in 1895. The home is furnished much as it was during Douglass's time with personal mementoes, gifts from friends, and his treasured books. There are exhibits and publications in the Visitor's Center. Administered by the National Park Service.



Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

1318 Vermont Avenue, NW, 202/ 673-2402. Mon-Sat, 10 am to 4pm.

Mary McLeod Bethune, educator, civil rights activist, advisor to four presidents, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women, made this Victorian townhouse her headquarters and home. Now, it is a museum and archive containing the largest collection of documents relating to African American women, a permanent collection of photographs, and personal effects from Mrs. Bethune's life. Open for research by appointment only. Administered by the National Park Service.




African American heritage sites in Washington, DC 202/ 661-7581 http://www.dcheritage.org
Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Musuem