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Mapping Segregation Walking Tour – SOLD OUT

Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration

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This event is sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please email with the name of the event and the number of seats requested. A self-guided version of the tour is available in the DC Historic Sites mobile app, which can be downloaded for IOS or Android.

Please meet your tour guide at the small park across from Big Bear Café at First and R Streets NW prior to 2 PM. The tour will take 1.5 to 2 hours. If the weather looks threatening, please call or text (240) 501-1369 between 9am and 10am on Sunday morning to confirm the status of the tour. The rain date for this tour is April 28.

Historian Sarah 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 20thcentury. Discover why Bloomingdale’s premier architectural corridor was also a racial barrier, and how black homeseekers 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.


The tour will start at the small park across from Big Bear Café at First and R Streets NW and will take 1.5 to 2 hours. Please arrive prior to 2 PM.

Made possible in part by support from the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.


Sunday, April 14, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$15 per person
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Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration


Park across from Big Bear Cafe
1700 1st St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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