Top Locations in The District, Maryland and Virginia That Were Important for Black History Month and the Civil Rights Movement
The Washington, D.C. area played a significant role in the civil rights movement. The metropolitan area is filled with historical landmarks and areas that played an important role in black history. These are some of the top places you should visit during February to mark the important role African Americans played in the United States' history or to gain a better understanding of the civil rights movement.
Cedar Hill. Take a thirty minute tour of the former home of Frederick Douglas. Located at 1411 W. Street SE in Washington, D.C. Cedar Hill is now The Frederick Douglas National Historic Site that once the residence of this prominent figure in the fight for equal rights, not just with slaves but for all people. He became widely known for his oration techniques and was regarded as the national leader of the abolitionist movement. He wrote his poignant autobiography and it noted for the first African American nominee for the Vice-President position on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
Freedom Plaza. As one of the most prominent locations in Washington, D.C. that has significant ties to Martin Luther King Jr, Freedom Plaza is a must see. The Plaza is located in Northwest Washington, D.C. at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. It is near this location where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. The site has also been a significant protesting grounds and in 1968 housed a tent city referred to as "Resurrection City." It was this town of protestors that represented Martin Luther King Jr's Poor People's Campaign.
African American Civil War Memorial. The memorial was completed in 1997 and is located at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It pays tribute to the African American soldiers that fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War. It features a 9 foot tall bronze statue with a walking area where a wall shows the inscription of the names of the men that served in the Civil War.
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument was recently completed in 2013. It is located in the Dorchester County of Maryland and focuses on the life of Harriet Tubman. Tubman is most notably known for her participation in the Underground Railroad through which she helped many slaves find their way to freedom.
Anastasia Community Museum. The Anastasia Community Museum was established in 1967 and is located in the Anastasia Neighborhood in Washington D.C. As part of the Smithsonian Institution, it features a number of exhibitions related to African American history. It offers workshops, educational programs, film screenings and more that focus on black history from 1800's to current times.
For further information on the Civil Rights Trail, Check out: www.culturaltourismdc.org.
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