Harlem Renaissance in DC Historical Tour

15 Ratings
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  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 2 hr

This tour will take you on a journey through an era in which U Street was the center of a rise in African American music and intellectualism. The sounds of jazz was everywhere, Langston Hughes and Jean Toomer were the writers of the day, and an effort to document the history of African Americans was underway. Take a journey through the Harlem Renaissance as it was experienced in DC! **Tour stops mid-way at Ben's Next Door, next to the famous Ben's Chili Bowl, for refreshments and a bathroom break.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Howard Theatre

Howard Theater was the first theater in DC to offer a stage for African American performers, established in 1910. It has played a key part in the DC music and arts scene ever since.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At:

The site of the Frank Holliday's Pool Hall where Duke Ellington first started dabbling in ragtime and jazz piano.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At:

The former house of African American Opera Singer Lilian Evanti, who earned acclaim abroad before returning to her native Washington DC to make her mark on black contributions to classical music.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Bohemian Caverns

Former Jazz icon, Bohemian Caverns was a must visit during U Street's period as DC's "Black Broadway."

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At:

Major theater and show house during the Black Broadway era.

Duration: 3 minutes

Stop At:

Iconic eatery for three generations that has been the destination of Presidents and tourists alike, this is where the tour takes a refreshments break.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At:

Former site of Club Bali, a favorite performance spot of Billie Holiday.

Duration: 5 minutes
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