Thinking about heading to Washington D.C. this month or in the near future to study African American history?
While the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a highlight and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is another must-see, there’s a lesser known and controversial monument in the capital city with ties to the Civil War and Black History.
The Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park, Washington D.C. has sparked controversy since its placement in 1876 and remains an important piece of Civil War memory, offering a chance for re-evaluation and reflection. ECW author Steward Henderson wrote about the history of this statue and memorial in 2017. We encourage you to read his post and visit the memorial which is located a few blocks east of the U.S. Capitol Building and Library of Congress.
Website for Lincoln Park in Washington D.C.: https://www.nps.gov/cahi/learn/historyculture/cahi_lincoln.htm
What other places in Washington or the D.C. would you highly recommend to study or memorialize African American history? (We like to add to our travel bucket lists, too!)