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Free Shaw Walking Tours, 04/22/07
By Alex Padro
Apr 19, 2007, 18:37

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As part of Cultural Tourism DC's WalkingTown, DC, event on Sunday, April 22, 2007, Shaw Main Streets will present two free walking tours of Shaw, led by SMS Executive Director Alexander M. Padro.

WalkingTown, DC Spring Edition is a weekend of free neighborhood walking tours encouraging residents and visitors alike to discover Washington – the cultural capital with vibrant street life and many little-known historic treasures.

These free tours focus primarily on historical events, buildings, and personalities, but also include the character of the area and more recent developments.

The two Shaw tours to be presented are as follows:

Shaw: Where DC Comes Together, Part I
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Starts at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Mount Vernon Place, NW.

Since its earliest days, Shaw has always been a commercial, intellectual, and cultural crossroads. Today, the southern half of central Shaw's historic commercial district is best known for the new Washington Convention Center. But at one time, it consisted of woods, a few farms, and orchards. Originally a streetcar suburb, many notable historic figures have lived, worked, and worshipped in lower central Shaw, including explorer John Wesley Powell, African American US Senator Blanche K. Bruce, and historian Carter G. Woodson. Participants learned about these leaders and visited dramatic new spaces inside restored Victorian exteriors. Led by Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro and presented by Shaw Main Streets.

Shaw: Where DC Comes Together, Part II
12:30 PM- 2:30 PM
Starts at the west corner of Seventh and R streets and Rhode Island Avenue, NW.
Entertainment in all its forms has long been the focus of the northern half of Shaw's central commercial district - from the Howard Theater, where every star in the Black entertainment pantheon performed to the pool hall where Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington decided to become a musician. This tour of places associated with entertainment legends included a newly renovated movie theater building and the city's first African American YWCA. Led by Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro and presented by Shaw Main Streets.


Alexander M. Padro
Commissioner, ANC 2C01
1519 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3205
Voice: 202-518-3794

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