Cottage joins African American Heritage Trail

President Lincoln’s Cottage is proud to be included in Cultural Tourism D.C.’s African American Heritage Trail. The trail highlights over two hundred historic sites in the city that played a fundamental role in Washington D.C.’s development. At the Cottage, Abraham Lincoln crafted the Emancipation Proclamation, which fundamentally altered how the Union fought the Civil War, and  led to the eventual freedom of the nearly four million slaves in the country. While commuting from the Cottage to the White House everyday, Lincoln rode past contraband camps where newly-freed men, women and children who had escaped slavery lived in the District. He also lived at the Cottage during the summer and fall of his reelection campaign, during which he refused to give up on the promise of a 13th amendment to abolish slavery.

About the Trail

Learn about the people and places that shaped our city as you explore the African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC. From Benjamin Banneker’s essential role in the survey of the District, to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll find the latest historical research and intriguing information.

The African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC identifies more than 200 sites that are important in local and national history and culture. The entire trail consists of over 200 sites. Of those sites, 100 are marked with plaques.

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