Before there was Harlem, there was Black Broadway! Walking Tour


When: Saturday April 28th,10:00 a.m. 
Duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Weather: Tours are given rain or shine.
Where: Meet Outside the U Street / Cardozo Metrorail station (13th Street exit).
Who: Tour Guide Capitol City DC Tours
Costs: $15 per person (age 3 and younger free) 

Reservations necessary
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Join us as we explore the neighborhood that was shared by African American intellectuals, business leaders, and families of all economic levels.  The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk.  U Street was dubbed “Black Broadway” for the numerous movie theaters, nightclubs and ballrooms frequented by jazz musicians like Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington himself.  You’ll see a theater and club where these performances took place.  The first full service YMCA for African Americans; one of the few hotels that welcomed a black clientele; and the first memorial to African American soldiers who fought in the U.S. Civil War are on the walk route, as are homes occupied by the Ellington family as Duke grew up.  You'll stand on the corner where riots started that extinguished the heyday of the area--but only temporarily.  U Street has rebounded to become a must-see corridor for out-of-town visitors and locals alike.



Once the tour is finished, we will venture to a local U-Street establishment for Brunch.  If you have any favorite brunch spots, let us know.



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