1st Day: We travel to Washington, DC today for an African American Heritage Tour. Upon arrival we begin a narrated tour of the city of Washington DC, with a focus on the black men and women who built the capital city. We will drive to historic African American communities. We also will drive to Howard University, Howard Theater, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Freeman’s Hospital, Metropolitan AME Church and Council of Negro Women. The tour will include stops at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, Lincoln Memorial, and more. Lodging tonight in the DC area.
2nd Day: This morning we will visit the Smithsonian Institute’s newest museum – the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped to shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all. Some of the displays you can see are: the weathered wood cabin used during the period of slavery at Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, SC; a log cabin of free slaves from Poolesville, MD; a menacing prison guard tower; a segregation-era railway car; and an airplane used by Tuskegee Airmen. There will also be interactive exhibitions and thousands of artifacts related to African American history. The building’s upper levels offer views of the Mall and the Washington Monument. Departing for home after lunch today, arriving back at approximately 10:30 PM. (CB)
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