Cultural Tourism DC invites DC residents and visitors to rediscover the historic U Street corridor with the grand opening of the Greater U Street Neighborhood Visitor Center, 1211 U Street NW on Friday, Feb. 26, 10 am. The visitor center will serve as a front door to the U Street area, a historic African American neighborhood in Washington, DC. To accompany this new venture, Cultural Tourism DC will introduce a new audio tour, City Within a City: Greater U Street
WHAT: The Greater U Street Neighborhood Visitor Center features maps, shopping and dining information, and other helpful information about the Greater U Street area. On the walls are historic photographs, quotations, and a timeline that highlights the major developments in the neighborhood and in the city.
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Nizam Ben Ali and Kamal Ben Ali, co-owners, Ben's Chili Bowl
Hari Jones, African American Civil War Memorial
Andy Shallal, Owner of Busboys and Poets
Natalie Avery, MidCity Business Association
WHEN: Friday, February 26, 2010, 10 am – 11 am
WHERE: Ben's Next Door, adjacent to Ben's Chili Bowl, 1211 U Street NW
CONTACT: Akilah Luke: 202-626-1133, ALuke@CulturalTourismDC.org
Cultural Tourism DC will also introduce the Greater U Street Audio Journey that features community leaders, business owners, artists, entertainers, and others who live and work in the neighborhood. More than 20 guest narrators give their perspective as they describe U Street's past and present. Among those featured are Kamal Ben Ali, co-owner, Ben's Chili Bowl; Warren Brown, founder and owner, CakeLove and Love Café; Father Patrick Smith, pastor, Saint Augustine Church; and Frank Smith of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. Korva Coleman of National Public Radio serves as the narrator/guide.
An independent coalition of more than 230 culture, heritage, and community-based organizations, Cultural Tourism DC and its members help you experience DC’s authentic culture and heritage. For more information, visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org or call 202-661-7581.
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