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Heritage Tour in Washington, DC (11 AM - 1 PM)

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Southern Aid Society-Dunbar Theater Building

1901-1903 7th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

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Join us for a heritage tour on historic U Street in NW Washington, DC. This tour is a great beginning or end to your visit to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. There are two tours available every day except Monday, 11 am to 1 pm or 2 pm to 4 pm. During wet weather 4 (four) of the sites will be visited indoors. There are two prices, one for youth and one for adults. This is ideal for schools and organizations that want to tour.

Did you know that in May 2016 the Washington Post reported that Washington, DC broke a new record by receiving $7.1 Billion dollars from tourism? In 2017 Washington, DC became one of the top two destinations to visit in the United States because of the opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) -- which opened in September 2016.

WHY U STREET?

Did you know many celebrities got their start on U Street? This is where Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, John Whitelaw Lewis, Thurgood Marshall, S.H. Dudley, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Sarah Vaughn, Dr. Charles Drew walked, lived and worked!

When you take the tour on U Street you will learn the real history of the past and the facts of how Aframericans fought and won the US Civil War freeing themselves, and rebuilding the country. The community that arose came to be because of the military camps that were located there during the Civil War. When the war ended building began. The war was followed by 12 (twelve) years of national reconstruction, also called the Great Reconstruction. This is how Howard University came to be!

At one time U Street hosted 300 plus Aframerican owned businesses. It was a symbol of success nationwide for millions of people during the Great Reconstruction and during segregation.

THE ITINERARY

The tour visits 12 (twelve) sites, 11 (eleven) of them are heritage sites. The typical tour time is 2 (two) hours. The sites are near each other, the walk is comfortable and in wet weather the tour can take place indoors within 4 (four) of the sites.

The group usually meets at one of two locations. One popular starting point is Uprising Muffin Company located 1817 7th Street, NW Washington, DC. This is an excellent location with vegan food choices, and one of the best places to buy single origin coffee. The owner is Donnie Simpson, Jr who is the son of Donnie Simpson from radio and TV fame. The food is made fresh daily.

Among the sites visited are: the Southern Aid Society Building (the first insurance company for Aframericans); the African American Civil War Museum & Memorial; Duke Ellington’s Home and the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Souther Aid Society Building - Dunbar Theater

African American Civil War Museum

African American Civil War Memorial (Photo Credit:National Park Service)

Plaque showing Duke Ellington's Home

Duke Ellington's Home (Photo Credit: Urban Turf)

Virginia Ali and her three sons (Photo Credit: Ben's Chili Bowl)

U Street Visitor Center (Photo Credit: DC Cultural Tourism)

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1901-1903 7th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

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