News Release — DC Office of Planning

November 21, 2019


Jessica Carroll

Web-based trail features photographs, historical details dedicated to 20th century African American Civil Rights in DC

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Bowser Administration, led by the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office in the Office of Planning, launched this week a 100-site web-based heritage trail, rich with photographs and historical details dedicated to 20th century African American Civil Rights in the District of Columbia.

Throughout history, Washington, DC has served as the backdrop for many historic events in the fight for equal rights. This trail preserves and highlights the sites and stories associated with the Civil Rights Movement and the African American experience.

The history project, available on the web at or by mobile app DC Historic Sites (Tours: African American Civil Rights), profiles the important stories and histories of individuals, groups, institutions, and other entities engaged in the fight for equal rights, locally and nationally.

Congress appropriated funding for the new NPS African American Civil Rights Grant Program in 2016 through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The Office of Planning’s “history project” was awarded grant funding in 2017.

Since its inception, the program has funded projects totaling $32.2 million for surveys, documentation, interpretation, education, oral histories, planning, and bricks and mortar preservation. Information on the National Park Service grant program is available online at:

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