Our Tours are not taught in the History Books!

Please note: Call or text 202-340-2017 before booking to confirm availability of the date you desire.  Also, 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 Saturday and you will experience different parts of the city that are off the beaten path. This tour is about 3  to 3 1/2 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 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
  • See Metropolitan AME which is the oldest continuously owned African American property in the District of Columbia
  • You’ll see Howard University
  • The Thurgood Marshall Law Center which is the old Anthony Bowen YMCA 
  • You will see the best view of Washington, DC
  • We’ll tour the grounds of the Frederick Douglass House
  • Visit a Historical Black Cemetery where runaway slaves actually hid on the Underground Railroad

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
  • The Snow Riots of 1835, which was the first Race Riot in Washington, DC
  • 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 also 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.

UPDATE: We can also customize a DC Black History Tour for your office, school trip, or family reunion.

Additional information

priceAdult, Child, Senior

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 7 reviews

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!


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 …


My hubby and I were looking forward to this tour after reading the description and we were not disappointed. We learned more about DC than we could have imagined and our guide made us feel like family. We took the DC Chocolate Tour. I think the next time we go to DC, we will take one of the other tours offered. It was well worth the money and some. We loved it!


What a GREAT tour this was! I highly recommend it for anyone interested in American history – and especially for anyone who thinks they’ve seen all the historical sites in Washington D.C. You probably haven’t! Don is a marvelous guide, very knowledgeable and well acquainted with the city — and fun! This is a real “story behind the story” kind of tour — the history you never learned in school — or at least I didn’t. I have lived in the DC metro area for over 30 years, but Don took us to places I had never visited. So glad WashPo Mag did that piece on his tour company!


A great tour that tells the stories and some of the history of the African American Washington DC community. Profound and enriching narratives as only Don Folden can tell them! The story of the African American people in DC is both unique and at the same time the story of so many urban communities of color. Don, thanks for sharing some of the rich hidden history of the DC African American community.


I’m in town visiting and I enjoyed every second of the DC Chocolate City Day Tour. I learned a lot about the Underground Railroad and hidden Black History gems that you wouldn’t hear about during a National Monument Tour. I highly recommend that you book a tour.


I am in town visiting and really enjoyed every second of this tour. He took me to so many of the hidden gems of the Black History in DC. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and I highly recommend that you book a tour yourself.

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