Cultural Tourism DC Releases Fifth Printing of African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC


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Cultural Tourism DC Releases Fifth Printing of
African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

Washington, DC (November 5, 2013) – Cultural Tourism DC has released its fifth printing of the African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC, the award-winning compilation of 98 important sites of significance in Washington's – and the nation's – history. The free guidebook is organized into 15 neighborhood walking trails.

"The African American Heritage Trail is one of Cultural Tourism DC's signature publications, exemplifying our deep commitment to presenting the local history of Washington," said Steve Shulman, Cultural Tourism DC's executive director. "We are very grateful that Mayor Gray and the Historic Preservation Office supported the fifth printing of this important guidebook and are pleased that everyone, from students, to families planning reunions, to tourists continue to have access to our fascinating history through this booklet."

"Since 2003 this popular guide has educated Washingtonians and visitors alike about the District's rich African American history," said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "As a sponsor of the publication, I am delighted to contribute to the preservation of our history and encourage everyone to walk our city with this fascinating guide in hand."

The African American Heritage Trail is culled from the African American Heritage Trail online database of more than 200 sites that Cultural Tourism DC manages. The database, located at, is searchable by keyword, topic, and neighborhood. It expands on the guide's short listings and provides source citations, making it an excellent resource for teachers and students. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate additional sites for the database.

The fifth printing of the guide is available at locations throughout the city. It may be ordered for a $5 shipping and handling fee at or 202-661-7581. The guide may also be downloaded for free at Cultural Tourism DC has distributed more than 140,000 free African American Heritage Trail guides since December 2003.

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC Public Distribution Locations:

>  Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library, Washingtoniana Division, 901 G Street, NW, 20001
>  Founders Library, Howard University, 500 Howard Place, NW, Washington, DC, 20059
>  Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, 1816 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20009
>  U Street Visitors Center, 1211 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
>  DC Archives, 1300 Naylor Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20001
>  Howard University, Gallery of Art, 2455 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20059
>  Historical Society of Washington, D.C. at Carnegie Library, 801 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001
>  African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001
>  Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20005
>  Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20020


Founded in 1996, Cultural Tourism DC, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, affirms the importance of culture and heritage to local neighborhoods and the city's economic prosperity by developing, delivering, and celebrating authentic cultural experiences for area residents and visitors. Annual signature programs presented by Cultural Tourism DC include Art4All DC, WalkingTown DC, the DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails, Embassy Chef Challenge, and Passport DC.

Washington, DC
November 5, 2013


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