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The Underground Railroad in Washington, DC – FREE Walking Tour
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The date for this program was changed from Friday, June 7 to Friday, July 12.
You are welcome to join us for a FREE, educational and entertaining, two-hour guided walking tour focusing on Underground Railroad activities in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In addition, we’ll also briefly discuss local slavery and emancipation history, both of which provide an important context for understanding the Underground Railroad.
Some of the noteworthy Underground Railroad participants with connections to DC/MD/VA that we’ll review during our program include:
Solomon Northup (Twelve Years a Slave)
Mary & Emily Edmonson (The Pearl)
Henry “Box” Brown
Ellen & William Craft
Oney (Ona) Judge
and many more.
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Please note that during our guided walking tour we will still be presenting information on the Underground Railroad via handouts, microphone, visual aids, etc. However, due to the strong interest in this program, and depending on the size of the group (which may 50-100+ people), there may be challenges for some participants in seeing and hearing all of the material. We prefer to overcome these challenges to the best of our abilities rather than turn anyone away.
We will also not be visiting specific URR hiding places such as attics and cellars as for the most part those were either kept secret or have long since vanished within the city. However, we will be walking to various sites and discussing how the Underground Railroad operated throughout the DC/MD/VA region. In particular, we’ll be visiting the recently installed historical markers that detail the Washington, DC slave markets and the site of the Williams Slave Jail, where Solomon Northup of “Twelve Years a Slave” was illegally kidnapped and held prior to being sent to Louisiana.
Registration: FREE and all are welcome including children, groups and well-behaved pets.
Weather: The program will take place light rain (sprinkles) or shine. If it’s on our calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled.
Meeting Point: Outside of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (950 Independence Ave SW), which is next to the “Enid A. Haupt Garden.” We will not be going inside the museum during our program. When arriving outside of the African Art Museum, look for your host Robert, wearing a fedora-style hat, and a large group of friendly people. There may not be any nearby and available restroom or refreshment options open at this time – recommend taking care of those items prior to your arrival.
Program Length: Approximately 2 hours and 1.5 miles. We’ll walk at a moderate pace with potentially some brief options for sitting along the way.
Format: This program will be led by Robert Kelleman, the founder of Washington, DC History & Culture, a non-profit community organization “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.” Additional speakers will also potentially be presenting.
Ending Point: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (we will not be going inside of the museum during our program).
Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense, please let us know.
This program is presented by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.”
We look forward to seeing you – thanks!
202-821-6325 (text only)