Which bridges were burned in the War of 1812? What is the story of the ship Pearl? Where in Anacostia Park did the Bonus Army camp? What led to the violence at the Anacostia Pool in 1968? Anacostia River Trail and Anacostia Park have seen both the freedom and oppression of people, to just and unjust decisions by those in power. Our Tales & Trails ride series in collaboration with National Park Service goes beyond the built trails to the vibrant history these lands have seen.
Join the WABA Trail Ranger team and National Park Service for a dynamic guided history tour of Anacostia River Trail in Anacostia Park as we celebrate the Year of the Anacostia. These rides were so popular last year, that we’re doing them again! Explore the Anacostia River Trail though a different lens on a guided history tour of the trail.
Saturday, June 23rd – “A Monument to Civil Rights”
Good Hope Rd and Anacostia Drive SE
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
This tour traces the Civil Rights story of Anacostia Park, including the stories of Native Americans, integration of public parks, African American workers in the U.S. Navy Yard, and the story of the ship Pearl – the largest escape attempt of slaves in the United States!