What You'll See!

Discover Georgia Avenue, a busy commercial street that intersects several historic neighborhoods along its five-mile route to the District line. This corridor's past is steeped in Civil War history and ripe with African American heritage. Its present is just as engaging with its stimulating blend of cultures, colorful shops, and the ultimate DC annual parade.

Civil War

DC's past comes to life at Fort Stevens, the only Civil War fort in Washington to see military action, and Battleground National Cemetery, the burial ground for Union soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Fort Stevens, in July 1864.

Not enough to stimulate your inner Civil War enthusiast? Head over to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, where you'll see the bullet that killed President Lincoln, among other artifacts relating to Civil War-era medicine.

Historic Howard University, est. 1867

Howard University was the first university open to African Americans in the South. This distinguished school represents an important resource for African American heritage and culture in DC. Must-sees on campus:

> Moorland-Spingarn Research Center - one of the world's largest repositories of African Diaspora history
> Howard University Gallery of Art - home to Henry O. Tanner's historic Return from the Crucifixion
> Blackburn Center Gallery - presenting an array of works from national and international artists
> Howard Hall - former home of founder Major General Oliver O. Howard

Watch for plaques marking African American Heritage Trail sites on the Howard campus.

A Diverse Community

Historic Georgia Avenue, formerly the Seventh Street Turnpike, was once the transportation route connecting the Maryland countryside with Downtown Washington. In several locations African American communities developed before and during the Civil War. Later Irish, German, Italians, Greek, and Eastern European immigrants and entrepreneurs built their communities along this corridor.

More recently, Latino, African, and Caribbean families and entrepreneurs have added their cultures to this mix. Each June, the popular Caribbean Carnival takes place along Georgia Avenue, drawing crowds from all over the mid-Atlantic region to the vibrant parade, music, food, and free concerts.

Battleground to Community: Brightwood Heritage Trail

Today, Washington's Great Streets program is bringing new development to Georgia Avenue. To find out more, take the self-guided Battleground to Community: Brightwood Heritage Trail, centered around the intersection of Missouri and Georgia Avenues.

For More Information

Check out our Calendar for up-to-date information on exhibitions, lectures and other heritage happenings in the city.


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