Washington D.C. was shaped and built by African Americans, both “freemen” and enslaved. This city was also the site of their emancipation, pioneering education, and model organizing. Indeed Washington DC severed as a magnet for aspiring African Americans, became a critical site of prominent Civil Rights marches, legislation and rulings, and now proudly shows and shares this amazing history and culture in the newest Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join Jeff Miller, the DC Cycling Concierge, and local guide Lia Summers as they lead a memorable ride exploring some of the key sights and discussion investigating the progress and challenges DC has seen as African Americans have moved from shackles to a true shrine in the center of our nation’s capital. The ride will be at a casual / relaxed pace for 3-4 hours.
- Start near the site of a major African American refugee camp that is now one of DC’s most distinguished neighborhoods
- Roll down Black Broadway
- Learn about the significant contributions of African Americans in the Civil War
- Visit a unique memorial to the father of African American history
- See some beautiful murals and sculptures honoring significant African Americans
- Visit some key Frederick Douglass sites
- Reflect at the site of slave pens in view of the Capitol referenced in 12 Year a Slave
- Find out how DC served as a magnet for aspiring African Americans and some of the remarkable stories of persistence and perseverance
- Pedal a bike friendly route with your small group and experienced guide
- Vistas of the National Mall and major landmarks including the Capitol Building and Washington Memorial
- Engaging and entertaining discussion with local cyclist and historian Jeff Miller and guide Lia Summers
What to Expect:
Price: $155 per person or $589 for a group of four. Minimum of four guests / maximum of nine guests. Private tours available. Contact us at 800-866-7314
Level: Easy – casual ride with several stops
Start/End Location: Logan Circle (13th and P Streets NW), Washington, D.C.
Mileage: 10-15 miles with several stops.
Start/End Date: Tour starts at 8:00am and is approximately 3 hours. Private tours with flexible dates and times available. Contact us at 800-866-7314
Jeff Miller, professional bicycle advocate, bike guide, and historian and guide and historian Lia Summers.