The African-American population of Washington DC has been large since the civil war. After President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863; a significant number of African Americans remained and establish communities in the Washington DC region. These African Americans played significant roles in the civil rights movement and made many contributions to the growth in business, the arts and politics in Washington DC . The footprints of these African Americans were left throughout DC for visitors and tourist to explore.
The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC . The White House serves as the primary office space and residence for the sitting President and family. In 1792 George Washington commissioned the construction of the White House and it was completed in 1800. The White House is the only private home of an Head of State open to public for tours at no charge.
Self-guided tours are available to the public with advanced arrangements made through the tourist members of Congress. Visitors can contact their Member of congress up to six months in advance and no less than 30 days in advance for tickets. Tourist from foreign countries wishing to tor the White House must contact their embassy in Washington DC to submit a request.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , District of Colombia
The Anacostia Community Museum was founded in 1967 in the historic African-American Washington , DC neighborhood that was home to Fredrick Douglas. This Smithsonian Institute museum offers exhibitions, artifacts, performances, research, photographs about African American heritage. Some pieces in the collections date back to the early 1800’s. The Anacostia Community Museum takes every opportunity to connect the history and journey of African Americans to the community, and the Washington DC area. The museum has enrichment and outreach programs such as the the Museum Academy Program, Summer and After-School Academies and Career Day programs created for the children of the Washington DC region.
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place SE
Washington , DC 20013
Tourist to Washington DC can go on the Cultural Tourism DC ‘s, African American Heritage Trail. The African American Heritage Trail identifies over 200 sites in the Washington Dc that are distinctive in black history. Visitors may select from a list classified by era in history or neighborhoods of interest and follow a trail of historic places in the area. Many churches, schools, businesses, and homes of significant African Americans. Visitors can also request a guide which includes a brief description on the noteworthy sites.
Cultural Tourism DC ‘s African- American Heritage Trail
1250 H Street, NW
Washington , DC 20005
Howard University is an historical black university founded by civil war hero, General Oliver O Howard in 1866. Over the year Howard University has grown to include 12 schools and colleges. As of 2010, the University has over 10,500 students studying on undergraduate, graduate and professional levels in 120 fields of study. Howard University has a long list of distinguished graduates including the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; the first African-American governor L. Douglas Wilder; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and the first female mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin.
2400 Sixth Street, NW,
Washington , DC 20059