Thursday, March 27, 2014

U Street historic walking tour coming April 5th

If you'd like to explore some of the history around U Street while getting outside, check out Washington Walks' Get Local! Saturday on April 5th. The tour starts outside the U Street Metro's 13th Street exit at 11 am and it's $15. It'll happen rain or shine, and you can sign up on their website.

I've gone on a walking tour from Washington Walks before, the Columbia Heights Historical Drinkabout (where you learned about history and stopped at local bars) and it was great -- really interesting and fun. The guides are knowledgeable and nice folks.

Here's more:
Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels. The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk. U Street was dubbed “Black Broadway” for the numerous movie theaters, nightclubs and ballrooms frequented by jazz musicians like Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington himself. You’ll see a theater and club where these performances took place. The first full service YMCA for African Americans; one of the few hotels that welcomed a black clientele; and the first memorial to African American soldiers who fought in the U.S. Civil War are on the walk route, as are homes occupied by the Ellington family as Duke grew up. You’ll stand on the corner where riots started that extinguished the heyday of the area–but only temporarily. 
Led by David

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