The resources below document African American historic and cultural sites in Washington DC, as well as sites associated with the local and national battle for civil rights.
African American Heritage Trail
The District of Columbia's African American Heritage Trail, identifies sites that are important in local and national history and culture.The trail consists of a searchable database and a free booklet. The database provides information about each of the trail's more than 200 sites in 15 distinct neighborhoods. The database also indicates which sites have been marked with plaques.
African American Civil Rights Tour
As the nation’s capital and, by 1957, the first large US city to become majority Black, Washington, DC was central to the 20th century African American Civil Rights Movement. This tour highlights 109 sites associated with the people and events that defined the local and national battle for civil rights.
Civil Rights in America: Racial Discrimination in Housing
The National Park Service prepared a National Historic Landmarks Theme Study: Civil Rights in America: Racial Discrimination in Housing. The white paper was produced in 2021 by the Organization of American Historians with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers as consultant.