Focusing on Minorities in Washington, DC

By Washington DC Expert:Vera, USA, February 2011

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From the marble colonnades of the memorials to the yellowed parchment of the Constitution, everyone who visits Washington is surrounded by the legacy of the Founding Fathers. But what about those people whom history used to overlook? The contributions of minorities to the development of America are also alive in Washington, DC, if you know where to look. 

Washington, DC has a wealth of historic sites dedicated to the heritage of African Americans, from museums to memorials to historic homes and more. One of the most prominent African Americans in history- and particularly during the Civil War- was the orator, author, and activist Frederick Douglass. His home in Anacostia is now a unit of the National Park Service, and is open for tours throughout the year. 

Women’s history is also showcased at the Sewall-Belmont House on Capitol Hill. The historic headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, tours are given by volunteers. Here you can walk through the formal parlors and consider the portraits of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other bold women who fought for women’s suffrage and equal representation in government.

The newest museum on the National Mall, the Museum of the American Indian, showcases tribes from across the country, and Native American legacy throughout North and South America. Grab a lunch of indigenous cuisine there at the Mitsitam Cafe, and keep exploring!

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