Frederick Douglass National Historical Site (Cedar Hill)

The grand mansion, which the great orator and abolitionist called home in the late 1800s, offers a close-up look at his important role in black history. It's a good start for a tour of Anacostia, one of D.C.'s most colorful black neighborhoods.

Captions by Gary Lee

Martin Luther King National Memorial

Unveiled on the National Mall in the summer of 2011, this site, a pilgrimage destination, features a 30-foot granite statue of the civil rights leader.

Lincoln Theatre

Opened in 1922 as a performance hall for black entertainers and still used for performances, this is one of the architectural centerpieces in Shaw, D.C.'s historic black arts neighborhood.

Georgia Brown's

One of D.C.'s top Southern food restaurants serves up tasty versions of low-country stew, fried green tomatoes and other food for the soul. Try the Sunday brunch!

Howard University

With its sprawling campus, grand classroom buildings and acclaimed faculty, the university, located in the heart of D.C., is one of the country's leading historical black colleges.


Named after the congressional resolution deeming jazz to be a "national treasure," the club features local and national jazz performers. It's one of the city's most beloved live music venues and a popular hangout for local musicians.

Metropolitan AME Church

Founded in 1838, this Methodist church is one of the most beloved places of worship for black Washingtonians. Thoughtful sermons and spirited music keep the faithful coming back.

Busboys and Poets

Located in the popular U Street corridor, this is a favored hangout for young Washingtonians. Between the café-restaurant, regular dialogues on race, open-mic nights and the bookstore, there is something here for everyone.

Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill Park)

The lively Sunday afternoon drum sessions at Malcolm X Park draw a diverse music-loving crowd.

The African American Civil War Memorial & Museum

Dedicated to the 200,000-plus black soldiers who fought in the Civil War, this museum is centered around a commanding 10-foot sculpture of uniformed soldiers and a sailor.