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, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and more. Lodging for the next two nights in the DC area.
2nd Day: Today 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 us 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, S.C.; 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. There are 85,000 square feet of exhibition space, nearly 3,000 objects, 12 exhibitions, 13 different interactives with 17 stations, and 183 videos housed on five floors. If you want to visit any of the other Smithsonian Museums, or other attractions in DC, you are free to do that on your own. (CB)
3rd Day: This morning we will head to the Frederick Douglass Home. Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity. Douglass’s legacy is preserved at Cedar Hill, where he lived his last 17 years. Departing for home after our
visit, arriving back at approximately 9:30 PM. (CB)
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