Historic African-American Artist and Residents Walking Tour
$30 - $31.80
Join Certified Tour Guide Terry for this neighborhood walking tour. LeDroit Park was originally a whites-only planned subdivision located just beyond the boundaries of the District of Columbia. Andrew Jackson Downing's influential Country Houses inspired the distinctive Italian villa and Gothic cottage residences, many of which can be seen on this tour. By the early 20th century, leading African-American families called the neighborhood home, many associated with nearby Howard University. The first African American to move into the subdivision in 1893 was Capitol barber Octavious Williams. Famous residents included writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (whose poem "Sympathy" featured the line "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" made famous later by Maya Angelou), as well as civil rights leaders Robert and Mary Church Terrell. This walk discusses how unique architecture and the proximity to Howard University combined to create a prestigious neighborhood for the 20th century and beyond.
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