African American Culture

Experience a wealth of African American history, culture and entertainment in the nation's capital.

The Unique History of DC's U Street Neighborhood

The city is full of historic places, but U Street stands out for its unique position as a heart of DC culture, both past and present. The neighborhood began to build up toward the end of the 1800s, thanks to the construction of streetcars on its main thoroughfares. While it was primarily...

African American Civil War Memorial Statue
13 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Washington, DC

African American history and culture are an essential part of DC’s identity, which means that there are numerous ways to celebrate Black History Month in the city. Below, we’ve detailed some of the best ways to engage with DC’s African American culture and community this February. The nation’s...

@jbano1 - Sunrise over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Guide to African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

With its Southern connections, Washington, DC has always had a significant African American population. Before the Civil War, the city was home to a growing number of free blacks who worked as skilled craftsmen, hack drivers, businessmen and laborers, and slave auctions were outlawed altogether in...

Family taking photo in front of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Guide to DC African American history and culture
14 Things to See & Do in DC's Anacostia Neighborhood

The historic riverside neighborhood of Anacostia is truly a gem. Some people think all Smithsonian Institution museums live on the National Mall, but Anacostia has its own completely dedicated to the concept of community. Perhaps the most famous member of the Anacostia community, Frederick Douglass...

Visiting the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC
Where to Find Black Chefs and Black-Owned Restaurants & Bars in Washington, DC

DC’s strong African American history and its status as a popular landing place for talented entrepreneurs and chefs from all over the world has added to the city's already thriving community of black chefs and black-owned restaurants and bars. There's so much you can experience with each visit...

Ben's Chili Bowl - Places to Eat on U Street - Washington, DC
Where to Celebrate the Life of Harriet Tubman in Washington, DC

Not far from Washington, DC, along the Eastern Shore of Maryland, you can follow the trail that Harriet Tubman blazed helping slaves escape to freedom on the Harriet Tubman Byway . The courageous Tubman spent years making secret trips to Maryland along the Underground Railroad and her legacy is...

Harriet Tubman Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds
Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC: Stay Home Edition

As you practice social distancing, read up on all of the cool ways you can continue to engage with and enjoy Washington, DC. Show support for local businesses Help DC’s hospitality industry by buying a gift card to use in the future, leave a sparkling hotel review of a previous stay, donate to...

Stay Home DC Edition Vision Board
Visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC

What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and where is it? The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is situated on a four-acre site along the National Mall's Tidal Basin, adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memoria l and shares a direct line of sight between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall - Monument in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

African American history and culture is an essential part of experiencing Washington, DC. The city that hosted the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech features a memorial dedicated to King, as well as numerous other free-to-experience sites that help you to...

Free African American History and Culture Experiences in Washington, DC - Contemplative Court inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

Where and what is the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History? The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW on the National Mall . The four-level museum opened on Sept. 24, 2016, becoming the...

@aishaslens - Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC