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Mapping Segregation: A Walking Tour of DC SOLD OUT
Saturday, May 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm$15.00
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Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration
Now in its 7th year, Hill Center’s Benjamin Drummond series honors America’s first liberated enslaved people with scholarly and celebratory programs that bring together a diverse group of prominent experts, artists, and public figures throughout the year to explore the Civil War and its aftermath from the African American perspective. Named for the Old Naval Hospital’s first patient, a young African American seaman taken prisoner by Confederated ships, Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration marks 160 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed The District of Columbia Emancipation Act, which freed DC’s over 3000 enslaved people nearly nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation.
Historian Sarah Jane Shoenfeld, co-director of the public history project Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, will lead a walking tour of DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. This tour highlights key sites in the legal campaign against racially restrictive deed covenants, which kept much of this neighborhood off-limits to African Americans when it was first developed around the turn of the 20th century. Discover why Bloomingdale’s premier architectural corridor was also a racial barrier, and how Black home-seekers and civil rights attorneys chipped away at this dividing line.
Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is documenting the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, playgrounds, and other public spaces. To date the project has focused on racially restrictive covenants, which assigned value to housing and to entire neighborhoods based on the race of their occupants, and made residential segregation the norm. Although eventually outlawed, covenants had a lasting imprint on the city. Their legacy was central to shaping DC’s mid-century racial transformation; led to decades of disinvestment in areas where African Americans lived; and influenced residential patterns that persist today.
Participants are asked to download the DC Historic Sites mobile app, available for IOS or Android. It includes a tour called The Campaign Against Covenants in Bloomingdale with maps and photos to be highlighted during the walking tour.
Meet at 10am SHARP in the small park across from Big Bear Café at First and R Streets NW. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.