Slavery, The Underground Railroad & Emancipation in Washington, DC Walk (FREE)

Date(s) - April 16, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

7th Street Park

Slavery, The Underground Railroad & Emancipation in Washington, DC Walk (FREE)

To celebrate Emancipation Day please join us for a FREE two-hour walk through the streets of Washington, DC. The focus of our program will be Underground Railroad activities in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland, in addition to local slavery and emancipation history, both of which provide an important context for understanding the Underground Railroad.

Please note, we had originally planned this event to be a modest-sized guided walking tour, and we will still be presenting information on the Underground Railroad. However, we have received a strong interest in this program. Therefore, your hosts will present URR info via microphone, visual aids, handouts, etc. to the best of our abilities; but depending on the size of the group there may be challenges for some people seeing and hearing the material. We would rather do our best to overcome these challenges than turn anyone away. If that is agreeable to you then we look forward to seeing you in celebrating Emancipation Day and the Underground Railroad!

FYI on Saturday, March 30 we held a similar program in Baltimore, MD and the photos from that program can be viewed via the Facebook link below:

Help Wanted:
If you have a strong knowledge of the Underground Railroad and are interested in helping us present information during this program feel free to contact us via email ([masked]).
Members of the media, professional and amateur photographers/videographers are encouraged to attend.

Some of the noteworthy Underground Railroad participants with connections to DC/MD/VA that we’ll discuss during our program include:

Frederick Douglass
Harriet Tubman
Mary & Emily Edmonson (The Pearl)
Solomon Northup
Henry “Box” Brown
Ellen & William Craft
Oney (Ona) Judge
Robert Smalls
Anthony Bowen
William Chaplin
and many more.

Group discussion and participation welcomed and encouraged!


Registration: FREE and all are welcome including children, groups and well-behaved pets.

Weather: The tour will take place light rain (sprinkles) or shine. If it’s on the calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled.

Meeting Point: 7th Street Park (Maine Ave. SW & 7th St. SW). Look for your host Robert, wearing a fedora-style hat, and a large group of friendly people.

Tour Length: Approximately 2 hours and 1.6 miles. We’ll walk at a moderate pace with some brief options for sitting along the way.

Format: This program will be led by Robert Kelleman, the founder of Washington, DC History & Culture, a non-profit community organization that “brings people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.” Additional speakers will also be presenting.

Ending Point: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (please note that we will not be going inside the museum during our program).

Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense, please let us know.


This program is sponsored by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.”

We look forward to seeing you – thanks!

Robert Kelleman
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