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Civil Rights Tour of Downtown DC

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Civil Rights MarchThe Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall was not built to be an emblem of any movement. The events that have happened here - those events that would not have been possible without the Emancipation Proclamation and the preservation of the Union by Lincoln - have embedded the memorial in the American psyche as an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. From Marion Anderson to Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington, D.C. and the National Mall in particular, are associated with this part of American history.

But that is only where the March on Washington ended. Downtown, DC has many more historic sites related to the efforts of all types of persons working towards equality.

Join DC By Foot on this special Civil Rights tour, we'll learn about the history of the Civil Rights movement in Downtown Washington, DC by visiting and discussing:

  • Site of the Epicurean Eating House and the Snow RiotsSuffrageParade
  • Site of National Era offices - that first serialised Uncle Tom's Cabin and was the site of the Pearl Riots
  • Pennsylvania Avenue - the story behind the Women's Suffrage Parade
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Freedom Plaza & The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
  • Story of the Freedom Riders

...and much more.

Tour information

This tour is offered as a private option only.

Where: We meet at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania Ave and 7th St NW by the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (map). This is across the street from the Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Metro Station (Yellow/Green Line).

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is just over one mile (1,6km).

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A pay-what-you-like tour is a tour for any budget.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: December 9th, 2014
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