Learn about the people and places that shaped our city as you explore the African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC. From Benjamin Banneker's essential role in the survey of the District, to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, you'll find compelling historical research and intriguing information.
The African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC identifies more than 200 sites that are important in local and national history and culture.
To nominate a site for inclusion, access our criteria and application form here.
The entire trail consists of over 200 sites. Of those sites, 100 are marked with plaques. Our trail booklet, available in print and in PDF form below, explores 98 of these sites in detail.
Plaques are located at such sites as:
• Engine Company No. 4, DC's first all-black fire company
• Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, founded in 1866 by enslaved people
• Home of Howard D. Woodson, an influential DC architect and community leader
• Washington Conservatory of Music, one of DC's earliest arts institutions