History at Sunset

History at Sunset Programs (Summer 2018); Freedom's Forts: Fort Stevens, Camp Brightwood, and Slavery (July 27th); Washington DC Under Fire: Ft Bayard and the Battle of Ft Stevens (Aug 31); Freedom First: Contrabands: Camp Barker & Logan Circle (Sep 28th)

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Summer 2018

Join Park Ranger Steve Phan on select Friday evenings at 7:00 PM for special programs focusing on the rarely told stories of Civil War Washington D.C. Programs run approximately ninety minutes and are free to the public.

July 27th
• Freedom’s Forts: Fort Stevens, Camp Brightwood & Slavery (6001 13th St. NW, Washington DC, 20011)

August 31st
• Washington D.C. Under Fire: Ft. Bayard & the Battle of Ft. Stevens (Fort Bayard Park bounded on the north by Western Ave and by Fesseden St. NW on the south, Washington DC, 20016)

September 28th
• Freedom First: Contrabands, Camp Barker & Logan Circle (Intersection of 13th St. NW and Rhode Island NW, Washington DC, 20005) [Meet Ranger Steve T. Phan at General John A. Logan equestrian monument)

The program will guide visitors from Logan Circle—detailing the African American contraband camp at Camp Barker—to the African American Civil War Memorial, located 1/2 mile northwest on New Hampshire Ave. The topics will include enslaved African Americans seeking refuge in the nation’s capital, Federal response to the estimated 40,000 people that came into the city (which included creating contraband farms/camps in northern Virginia, recruiting black laborers and soldiers).

The program will end at the African American Civil War Memorial (1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001).
From there, visitors can access the U-Street Metro or walk back with Ranger Steve back to Logan Circle.

For additional information or questions concerning the programs, please send us an email


Last updated: September 7, 2018

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