[Mintwood-place] History of Slavery in Adams Morgan, TOUR Sat. Sept, . 29
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Mon Sep 24 11:04:36 PDT 2007
>From Mary Belcher
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29: WALK "FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM IN ADAMS MORGAN," AT 10 A.M. & AGAIN AT 2 P.M. STARTING AT THE SUN TRUST BANK PLAZA, 18TH STREET & COLUMBIA ROAD N.W.
In the spring of 1861, as thousands of quickly organized Union troops arrived in Washington to protect the Nation's Capital from the Rebel threat, 20-year-old Hortense Prout saw her chance: She quietly escaped from John Little's cattle farm, where she had been enslaved since birth.
Find out what happened to Hortense, and her enslaved mother, brother, sisters, nieces and nephews on Saturday, September 29 on a walk through the Little farm, which once stretched across today's Adams Morgan neighborhood. Mintwood Place neighbors Eddie Becker and Mary Belcher will lead the free 90-minute tour starting at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. at the Sun Trust Bank Plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road, N.W.
The walk will go through Kalorama Park, where John Little's manor house once sat, to Walter Pierce Park, which was the location of Cliffburne Hospital Barracks. The hospital treated the largest concentration of wounded Confederate soldiers, taken as prisoners of war, as well as Union troops.
After the Civil War, the Cliffburne site became the location of Washington's busiest African American cemetery, with more than 7,000 burials between 1870 and 1890. We'll discuss the families associated the cemetery, and give an update on the archeological project being conducted in Walter Pierce Park by Howard University Professor Mark Mack and a team of exceptional students.
The final leg of the walk will be a trip up to Holt House, built around 1810 and the oldest house in the neighborhood. The National Zoo has kindly given us permission to walk up to the house on a Saturday, when the gates are normally closed.
The 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. walks will be held rain or shine. Reservations are not required: Just show up!
"From Slavery to Freedom in Adams Morgan" is being sponsored by the Kalorama Citizens Association and is part of Cultural Tourism DC's citywide day of "Walkingtown" tours.
Posted by Mary Belcher, 202-462-9069, maryjbelcher at comcast.net
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