TRIP IDEA

Civil Rights in Washington, DC

Multiple Parks

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at night on Independence Day 2012.
Duration Full Day
Topic(s) African American Heritage, Enslavement, Social Movements, Abolition Movement, Great Depression, Schools and Education, Civil Rights, World War II, Women's History, Monuments and Memorials
Activities Guided Tours, Museum Exhibits, Self-Guided Tours - Walking
Type Urban, Educational, Inspirational
Parks Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, National Capital Parks-East, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Civil Rights Sites in Washington, DC
    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    • Duration: 30–90 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Aerial view of Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial during cherry blossom season.

    Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to take in the Tidal Basin and contemplate quotes from King's lifelong perseverance for freedom and equality.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Activity: Guided Tours
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
    • Duration: 30–120 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Violin and bow rests against wooden chair.

    Explore the home of Frederick Douglass, a leading voice in the abolitionist movement.

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  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

    Explore the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
    • Duration: 30–90 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Entrance to The National Council of Negro Women

    Learn about the life and legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune, and how she used the power of education, political activism, and civil service to achieve racial and gender equality throughout the United States and the world.

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  • Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site

    Peer Into the Past at the Carter G. Woodson Home

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Activity: Guided Tours
    • Pets: No
    • Location: 1538 Ninth Street NW
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Historic American Building Survey photo of Carter G. Woodson Home.

    The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site is a new unit of the National Park Service. Acquired in 2005, the site was in need of rehabilitation and restoration, and is currently closed to the public.

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Last updated: May 7, 2017