Adams Morgan Walking Tour With Eddie Becker (Local Historian)
From the destruction of Native American communities to gentrification - join us for a walking tour of Adam Morgan's 400 yr history
- Learn about the history of slavery and institutionalized segregation that divided the neighborhood.
- Learn about bank red-lining, leading up to the riots & police occupation in the 1960's.
- Find the cultural contributions of immigration from Chile and Central America and the displacement caused by the conversion of apartment buildings into condominiums in the 1970s and 80s.
- Then hear about the conversion of residential housing and local retail services into bars and nightclubs in the 1980's and 90's and how that process continues through to today with brief moments of pushback and resistance.
Eddie Becker Biography
Eddie Becker moved to DC in 1970, and had a dual career as documentary filmmaker and investigative archivist. He was one of the first people to take the first generation of Sony Portapacks (TV Camera and Recorder) into the streets of Washington. His documentary work has taken him to conflict zones in the Horn of Africa, Central, and South America. He also conducts deep research in government archives and libraries on US diplomatic and military policy for historians, documentary filmmakers and a variety of investigations including Iran-Contra. One day on a walk, he noticed that the Smithsonian’s National Zoo had relocated their industrial trash dumpsters right next to the neighborhood park. In an effort to get the Smithsonian to be better neighbors, he discovered the forgotten history of slavery, cemeteries, abandoned 18th-century mansions, and Native American campsites. This is where the story begins...
Meet at Sun Trust Bank Plaza, 18th St. and Columbia Rd., NW. End at 18th St. Near Columbia Road.
Accessible by Metro and by bus. Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan, Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro Circulator, 90 buses along Calvert St., NW to and from Duke Ellington Bridge.
Metro End: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan, Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro Circulator, 90 buses along Calvert St., NW to and from Duke Ellington Bridge.
Low, 15 blocks. Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes
This event is limited to Harvard Club members and their guests.
Children under 12 FREE.
All others (regardless of age): Members and their guests $15 Non-members: $25