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Since I have become a tour guide over 30 years ago I have been amazed on the amount of history around Washington DC. For example the statue (Freedom ) on top of the Capital was cast by an enslaved person named Philip Reid . Mr. Reid was paid $44 for his work. In a few weeks President Biden and Vice President Harris will ride down Pennsylvania Avenue for their inaugural parade. Pennsylvania Avenue is the same street slaves were march to the auction house. In 1925 30,000 KKK marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of men and women of color standing on the sides street.Just to make sure saw them the Klan came back in 1926 to march again. Women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1913 because they wanted the right to vote People drive past the Bureau of Engraving and Printing everyday. Few people know that 4 African American men names have appeared on paper money. Blanche K.Bruce,Judson Lyons, William T. Vernon and James Napier. all were Registrar of the Treasury. When life get back to normal (what ever that will be) take a look around DC because there is history all around you
Absolutely wonderful Civil Rights Tour of DC. I was there for research, my tour guide went above and beyond to make sure I saw everything on my list and more. Knowledgeable and personable, couldn't ask for more. I felt safe in a very clean van, lots of time to see what I planned to see, although some places were closed due to Covid. I definitely got my money's worth and more.
Washington DC has become a city of murals. I found these very nice looking murals in the neighborhood of Shaw
Benjamin Banneker was an African American who help designed Washington DC. He was an inventor , writer , farmer and a free African American.Born in Baltimore , MD in 1731. He wrote Thomas Jefferson a 12 page letter criticizing Thomas Jefferson of his opinion that all men are created when Jefferson had 600 slaves. Jefferson and Banneker became eventually became pen pals Banneker made one of the first working wooden clocks in America
Hopefully the museums of the Smithsonian will be opened soon
The first 22 men color to be in Congress were all republicans. Some of them owned newspapers and railroads. The first African American to be elected to the Senate for a full term was Blanche Kelso Bruce from Mississippi
Henry Highland Garnet were the first man of color to address Congress. It is said he was the only man that could rival Frederick Douglass as a speaker
Congressman Joseph Hayne Rainey was the first man of color in the of the Congress of the United States . Rainey was born in 1832 . his father was a barber but a slave . Eventually Rainey's father was able to his family freedom Rainys father taught him how to cut hair. which will give in the future will be a source of income. Rainey visits Philadelphia , Pa. He meets a young lady named Sarah . During the Civil War Rainey lives in Bermuda . He opens a barber shop and his wife opens a dress store. The Rainey became wealth from buying land. Rainey moves back to South Carolina and later becomes a Republican party chairman. Rainey over the next few years including a general in the army. In 1870 Rainey was appointed to Congress of the United States . He was elected to a full term in 1871
Frederick Douglass mancave
Hello everyone, I hope everyone is safe and feeling well. Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting stories about the black history of Washington DC. I am going to try my best to you some great facts about the African American history of Washington DC. Since I cannot go anyplace I have doing a lot research and found out some very interesting stories . Hopefully I will have the first story out on Wednesday. Stay safe
Our African American Night tour starts in March

Bus And walking tours of Washington DC We give private tours of Washington DC. The tours are three to four hours long. The tour will start at a time you decide.We have bus and bike tours of Washington DC.

The tours are fully narrated by a licensed tour guide

Operating as usual

[12/02/20]   Denton Brooks was African American War correspondent during World War 2. He was one of 30 African American correspondents during the war. Mr. Brooks worked for the Chicago Defender a great African American newspaper. His job was to report on treatment of black soldiers amid the segregated units of the US army.
Mr. Brooks wrote about how blacks were treated on military bases. Once a pool on a base would not let black soldiers swim in the pool. Mr. Brooks tried submit his story to people on the base but a military sensor tried to stop him from making his report. Mr Brooks was forced to tell his story to the people at the Defender on how black soldiers risking their lives for their country but could not swim in a pool on a military base. After the story was published the pool was integrated.

Mr Brooks later was imbedded with an African American unit in China. The soldiers helped construct a road to China from India . Once the road was built the leader of China at the time Chiang Kai Shek stated that no black soldiers could enter China. Mr. Brooks asked the Army about the ban . The Army responded by sending eleven black soldiers with the convoy of American .

Mr. Brooks was one of only three correspondents aboard the USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered. He was selected by his fellow journalists to be on the ship.

Mr. Brooks later his doctorate in Education from Columbia University.

Taking a tour around DC is not without it challenges. The good part is there is hardly tourists in the city . You almost have every tour site to yourself. The museum of African American History and Culture is just about empty of people. Come down to the monuments and memorials. Make sure to wear your mask

I made a visit to the African American Civil War Museum today. I had a chance to take a look at the new statue of Abrham Lincoln. The statue depicts Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation. This statue will be in front of the new Museum of African American Civil War Memorial.

[06/25/20]   KB Tours will be restarting when the Museum of African American History and Culture opens up. We are hopeful the museum will open up in September or before.
We will be conducting our tours with your safety and safety in mind . We have come up with a very unique way of doing a great African American tour of the city . The new tour you will be getting all the great facts and information on that we give on our four hour tour. When the time comes will announce our way of doing the tour.
Our new tour will be at a lower price and you still will get a ticket to the museum of African American History and Culture.
We will be making an announcement in July what dates we will be doing the tours and the capacity of each tour.

[06/04/20]   The first 22 men of color to hold office in Congress were Republicans. The first African American to be elected to a full term senate was Blanche Kelso Bruce.
Some of these men could not get newspapers to write articles about them so they either started their own newspapers or bought a newspaper. Some even bought a railroad

Better days are coming. KB Tours hopes you and you love ones are safe and healthy. One day we will see all of you in DC one day.

These are pictures of the Frederick house and visitors center . You also are looking at the Mary Macleod Bethune Statue and Emancipation Statue

One day we will be back to the days of touring DC and visiting the Frederick Douglass House

[03/31/20]   Hello Everyone. KB Tours hopes everyone is doing as well as possible. In our nation’s history we have gone through many acts of nature , was, diseases and terrible national tragedies but somehow we are still standing together. KB Tours will be closed until the medical professionals deem it safe to do tours. KB Tours looks forward to seeing you then. 

Come join us on a great tour of Washington DC.

Some of the men I have met going around DC. Mr. Joe Madison, the late Dick Gregory , Ken Burns ( the other one )and Roland Martin.

Come see the real Washington DC

Mural of Lincoln Memorial

Mural at Bens Chile bowl

Great group this past Saturday. We had a group of students from Alabama and people for across the US. At the end of the tour everyone was given a ticket to the Museum Of African American History and Culture.

[03/05/19]   Starting in March KB Tours will offer a tour of the Frederick Douglass house as part of it's Frederick Douglass tour. Please look at website to see the dates of the tour.

Beginning in May KB Tours will be doing night tours in this open air bus. Our night tour will include dinner , 2 hour African American Heritage tour and tickets to the Museum of African American History and Culture for the next day.

Why haven’t you taken a tour with KB Tours yet

You should join the people from all across America taking a Black Heritage tour of Washington DC

Group at the mural Bens Chile Bowl

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Hanging out with the Zetas

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This nice group of people are from New York and Mississippi

[02/20/18]   Looking forward to giving a great tour this Saturday to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority this Saturday February 24.

Nice couple from NY visiting Frederick Douglass Home

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The sites of Washington DC

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Great group on November 2017

This group of really nice person joined me on a great tour of the nation's capital.

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