Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History
Location: 1407 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Open: Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
For more information, visit: http://www.asalh.org/
Founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, one of the first African American historians, the association contains a library, archive repository and research center for information on African American history. The association also publishes periodicals on black history, such as the Journal of Negro History.
D.C. Superior Court House/Old City Hall
Location: 451 D Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Open: Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
For more information, visit: http://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts
Old City Hall was involved in the abolition movement in several ways. Trials of abolitionists and Underground Railroad participants occurred here in the early 1820s. The American Convention for the Abolition of Slavery met here in 1829. Old City Hall was also the site for the only known instance of compensation of white slaveholders for the loss, by government emancipation, of African Americans they legally owned as property. White slaveholders who were loyal to the Union could receive compensation for up to $300 per enslaved person.
Street Presbyterian Church
Location: 15th and R streets, NW (1705 15th Street, NW), Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/
Founded in 1841 as the First Colored Presbyterian Church, the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church was originally located at 14th and I Streets, NW, until 1853, and then on 15th Street between I and K Streets, until it moved to its current location in 1918. The church was a religious, educational, and social center for the community. Among the many people who attended church and other activities there was Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), the famous runaway slave who lectured for forty years in favor of abolition and women's rights. Truth attended church and held benefits for the Colored Soldiers' Aid Society there. Another important woman in the congregation was Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907), seamstress for thirty years to Mary Todd Lincoln and organizer of the first celebration of the DC Emancipation.
Location: 1st and Capitol Streets, SE, Washington, D.C.
Open: Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Sat-Sun: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
For more information, visit: http://www.loc.gov/
The American Treasures of the Library of Congress exhibition features rotating originals of documents that shaped the nation. These documents include the first and final drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation and a letter from President Abraham Lincoln titled, "If Slavery Is Not Wrong, Nothing Is Wrong."
These items are not always on display as Library of Congress rotates them, but they can also be viewed online at: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/tr00.html#emproc
Location:Constitution Ave, between 7th and 9th Streets, Washington,D.C.
Open:Labor Day - March 31st, daily: 10 am - 5:30 pm
April 1st - Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, daily: 10am - 7pm
Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend, daily: 10am - 9pm
For more information, visit: http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/
In the main retunda where documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are kept, visitors can also view a water color of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, a former slave who achieved her freedom by petitioning the State of Massachusetts in 1781. The painting is by Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick, completed in 1811.
Mumbet sought freedom after hearing the Declaration of Independence spoken. Mumbet was one of the first slaves to be set free in Massachusetts and in the newly founded United States of America. She was the first black woman to be set free due in large part to her own determination and character.
Women in the Abolition Movement: Historic Sites in Washington, D.C.