Black History Permeates Nation's Capital

Also at Lincoln Park is the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial, the first statue of a black woman erected in a public park in the nation's capital. Dedicated in 1974, it depicts Bethune surrounded by children, symbolizing her role as an educator. If You Go…

BLACK HISTORY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.: Information on black history month events and the African American Heritage Trail at www.culturaltourismdc.org. A brochure about the trail is free at many sites, or can be ordered for $4.75 from (202) 661-7581. MOUNT VERNON: George Washington's estate in nearby Alexandria, Va., includes the restored "House for Families" communal slave quarters. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through February; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in March and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting April 1. Admission: adults, $11; seniors, $10.50; children, 6 to 11, $5; under 5, free. Call (703) 780-2000 or visit www.mountvernon.org. FREDERICK DOUGLASS HOUSE AND NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE: 1411 W St., SE. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; closed for maintenance March 1 to 12. Admission: $2. Visit www.nps.gov/frdo or call (202) 426-5961. MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE COUNCIL HOUSE: 1318 Vermont Ave., NW. Free admission. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.nps.gov/mamc or phone (202) 673-2402. SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION'S ANACOSTIA MUSEUM AND CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: 1901 Fort Place, SE. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free admission. Visit www.anacostia.si.edu or call (202) 287-3306. AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM: Museum located at 1200 U St., NW; memorial two blocks away intersection of Vermont Street and U Street NW. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Visit www.afroamcivilwar.org or call (202) 667-2667. LINCOLN PARK: Massachusetts Avenue, NE and East Capitol Street.

DECATUR HOUSE: 748 Jackson Place, NW, one block from the White House. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. This small museum houses one of the last intact slave quarters in downtown Washington. Call (202) 842-0920 or visit www.decaturhouse.org. RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE: 515 D St., NW. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WASHINGTON, D.C. CONVENTION AND TOURISM CORP.: Call (202) 789-7000 or visit www.washington.org.

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