This is one of the DC's Heritage Trails. Signs are posted along the trail (on the sidewalk) to point out places of historical interest. The trails provide great opportunities to learn local and national history, as well as visit DC's distinct neighborhoods.
This trail highlights a diverse collection of sites with historical significance. They include the the site of William Marriott's first business, one of the nation's first gay clubs owned by African Americans, the hotel headquarters for Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign, and a club owned by Washington DC's Al Capone.
This trail will appeal especially to lovers of African American History. In addition to the sites already mentioned, it will take you past blocks of houses once homes to what Cultural Tourism DC describes as, a "Who's who" of African American leaders. Included are the homes of the first African American winner of a Nobel Prize, Ralph Bunche and the first African American nominated for president nominated at a major party convention, Channing Phillips.
As with the Adams Morgan and U St. Heritage Trails, you will pass Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park. Take an extra few minutes and check out the fountains. This park provides a nice setting to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day. On Sundays, there is a large drum circle.
As we mentioned above, you pass a number of bars and restaurants with outdoor seating. We like Wonderland Ballroom for an outdoor beer, Redrocks for pizza, and Room 11 for its eclectic food and drinks.
For more information, and to download the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail booklet, visit the Cultural Tourism DC's Columbia Heights Heritage Trail page.
Editor's Note: The linked trail map was developed by Cultural Tourism DC and is provided here for convenience.