CBC WEEKEND Black Georgetown Remembered  EXPERIENCE (tour and refreshments)

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CBC WEEKEND Black Georgetown Remembered EXPERIENCE (tour and refreshments)

CBC Weekend: Black Georgetown Remembered tour & reception w/ historian and author CR Gibbs & Lisa Fager, executive director, Mt Zion - FUBS

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Mt Zion - Female Union Band Society Cemetery 2501 Mill Road Northwest Washington, DC 20007

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Join us for this very special walking tour!

“Black Georgetown Remembered” Walking Tour and Reception with DC Historian and Author, C.R. Gibbs

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 1:00-3:00 pm

The tour will begin at 1pm, Saturday, Oct 1st at Mt Zion and Female Union Band Society Cemeteries, a stop on the Underground Railroad. C.R. Gibbs, historian and co-author of Black Georgetown Remembered, will lead us through “Herring Hill,” aka Black Georgetown, including a stop at Rose Park where the first election to give Black men in DC the right to vote was held in 1867 and other notable historic sites until we reach our private reception at the outdoor venue Sandlot Georgetown with a performance by Voices of Zion an immersive play about the ancestors from Georgetown. Stay tune for other surprises!

In addition to increasing awareness about the historical significance of Black Georgetown, this tour is also in support of the bipartisan legislation of the African American Burial Ground Preservation Act HR 6805 & S 3667.

Tickets are limited. See you Saturday, Oct 1st after the CBC Healing Breakfast!

Please wear walking shoes.

Georgetown is within walking distance from Dupont Metro station or a short taxi ride or scooter. The cemeteries are located at 2501 Mill Road, NW (near 27th & Q street NW) and the Sandlot Georgetown is located at 28th and M Street, NW across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel.

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WHY START AT THE MOUNT ZION AND FEMALE UNION BAND SOCIETY CEMETERIES

The Mount Zion and the Female Union Band Society cemeteries are two of the oldest African American cemeteries in Washington, DC - the final resting place for literally thousands of persons who lived, worshipped and worked in Georgetown, and later, greater Washington, DC from 1700s to 1950s. They are a physical reminder of the heritage, contributions, and sacrifices made by enslaved Africans, their enslaved descendants and free Blacks during their lifetimes.

Together, they are the only cemeteries remaining in the District which were specifically maintained for the burial of the enslaved and former enslaved persons. They are among the few Black history landmarks remaining in Georgetown, a community whose population during the late 19th Century was between 35 and 45 percent people of African ancestry. The burial grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places are one of two cemeteries recognized as a UNESCO Slave Route Project site of memory associated with the Underground Railroad.

These historic cemeteries provide insight to the intertwined lives of deceased and white European settlers of Georgetown, and its fully formed "Herring Hill" Black community dating back to early 1800s.

Money raised goes to support the care, preservation & maintenance of the Mt Zion and Female Band Society Cemeteries in Georgetown.

Please consider donating if you are unable to make it in person and follow us on social media @blackgeorgetown for updates.

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