The Rise of DC’s Black Intelligentsia: the Dunbars and LeDroit Park

Date(s) - 10/15/2022 - 10/22/2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Smithsonian Associates

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Three walking tours of the LeDroit Park neighborhood to choose from! This tour focuses on two remarkable writers who lived in Washington, DC in late 1890s to the early 1900s.  Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American poet to become nationally known.  His wife, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, is less well known, but she was also an accomplished writer of poetry, fiction, and journalism.  In addition, she taught high school, and was an activist for civil rights and women’s rights.  Both writers were in the first generation removed from slavery. This tour tells the story of their accomplishments, their unhappy marriage, and his early death.  It also provides context for their lives in DC, discussing the African American intelligentsia who were drawn to LeDroit Park and the surrounding Shaw neighborhood in the years between the end of the Civil War and World War I. Sponsored by Smithsonian Associates; fees charged. More information soon on how to sign up! Select from dates on Saturday, October 15, Sunday, October 16, or Saturday, October 22. Tours will start and end at the Shaw/Howard University Metro Station.