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U Street NW
Meet outside U Street/Cardozo Metro Station, 13th Street Exit 1240 U St., NW Washington, DC 20009
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 45 members
Review from bill ball
49 events 15 reviews

an excellent way to learn about the history of the U street corridor.....

reviewed Aug 19 2006 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
5 events 2 reviews

The was one of the best tours I've been on. The tour was informative and the Tour Guide really knew the history.

reviewed Sep 26 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from jscharp
8 events 2 reviews

This was a fun way to spend a beautiful Saturday morning. Our guide was excellent, and the speaker at the Black Civil War Museum was outstanding. After the tour, we enjoyed lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl (the neighborhood hot spot--definitely worth a...continued

reviewed May 01 2010 report as inappropriate
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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 the theaters (including the Howard Theatre) and a club where these performances took place. The first full-service YMCA for African Americans, one of the few hotels that welcomed 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. U Street has rebounded to become a must-see corridor for tourists and locals alike.

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