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“No Tours are available from 12/21/18 – 1/4/19

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(We do not advise driving to start location; please use taxi or metro.)

If you have ever wanted to know what African American life was like in DC then the DC Chocolate City Day Tour is just for you or your group to submerge yourselves into the tragedies and triumphs that shaped the lives of African Americans in the District of Columbia. We offer this tour Sunday through Thursday and you will experience different parts of the city that are off the beaten path. This tour is about 3 1/2 to 4 hours long with restroom stops included and you’re allowed to bring snacks. Seating for this tour is limited to 14. We start at 10:00 am in front of the Anacostia Metro Station on the Green Line (Howard Rd. exit) and end around 2:00 pm at the African American Civil War Memorial located at 10th and U Street NW which is also located on the Green Line. Our tours start in the section of Anacostia that was formerly known as Uniontown from 1854 to 1866 when it reverted back to the name of Anacostia. Anacostia had a strict covenant from the beginning of no sale or lease of any property to anyone of African or Irish descent. On the DC Chocolate City Day Tour you’ll visit the MLK Memorial and tour Metropolitan AME (except on Sunday) which is the oldest continuously owned African American property in the District of Columbia. You’ll see Howard University and also visit the Thurgood Marshall Law Center which is the old Anthony Bowen YMCA (except on Sunday). On this tour we will acknowledge all DC monuments even though we don’t stop at these places and you will also see the 2nd best view of Washington, DC in an area that was then a safe haven for African Americans to hide from slave catchers. We’ll tour the grounds of the Frederick Douglass House and visit a Historical Black Cemetery where runaway slaves actually hid on the Underground Railroad. The tour will finally end at The African American Civil War Memorial which is also on the Green Line at 10th and U St. NW. Some of the things you’ll learn about and see on the DC Chocolate City Day Tour are the sites of The Pearl Affair 1848, The Red Summer Riots of 1919, and The Snow Riots of 1835, which was the first Race Riot in Washington, DC. You’ll see the former sites of slave pens and contraband camps as well as the site of the slave auction block that existed at the foot of the Capitol in the Senate Circle. You’ll learn about people like Yarrow Mamout, John F. Cook Sr.,  Tobias Henson, William Slade, Phillip Reid, and the Edmonson  Sisters just to name a few. We can also customize a DC Black History Tour for your office or family reunion.

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All of our Tours start in SE DC in front of the Anacostia Metro Station(Howard Rd. exit) on the Green Line and all our Tours end at the African American Civil War Memorial at 10th and U St. NW which is also on the Green Line. Snacks only allowed and water will be provided.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
09/03/2017

One of the best tours I’ve ever been on. I learned so much about my ancestors history in DC..This is a must do tour!

06/07/2018

OMG! This is the best tour I have ever been on, I can’t believe all the places we went to I highly recommend this tour. The tour guide Don was so good I gave him a $20.00 tip he went above and beyond. The history me and my family learned today was priceless …

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