Black men built the Capitol Discovering African-American history in and around Washington, D.C

Jesse J. Holland

Book - 2007

Presents details about the role of blacks in the history of Washington, D.C., including in the creation of such historic sites as the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, and provides information on monuments dedicated to the contributions of African Americans.

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Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press [2007]
Main Author
Jesse J. Holland (author)
First edition
Physical Description
xv, 192 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-190).
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Foreword
  • 3. A Brief History of Washington, D.C
  • 4. The U.S. Capitol
  • 5. The National Mall
  • 6. Around Washington
  • 7. Maryland
  • 8. Virginia
  • 9. Coming Soon
  • 10. At A Glance
  • 11. Bibliography
  • Chapter Summaries
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • In the introduction, the author will introduce himself and illustrate the need for this book through personal anecdotes and stories from life in the Washington, D.C. political arena
  • Chapter 2. Foreword
  • The author expects to have this written by a prominent politician or historian who will extol the need for this book
  • Chapter 3. A Brief History of Washington, D.C
  • The first chapter will set up the rest of the book, telling the history of the District of Columbia and the African American participation in the creation of the nation's capital
  • Chapter 4. The U.S. Capitol (Chapter provided)
  • Chapter 5. The National Mall
  • This chapter will take the reader through the rest of the African American contributions on the National Mall with the major sections featuring the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Tidal Basin and the Smithsonian Institution museums, as well as a tour of the locations of its now-dismantled slave markets and auction sites
  • Chapter 6. Around Washington
  • This will be one of the longer chapters in the book, featuring the rest of Washington, D.C.'s major African American tourism sites including lesser known sites like the Mary McCloud Bethune Statue in Lincoln Park (the first African American statue erected in Washington, D.C. and still the only one dedicated to an African American woman) and the Frederick Douglass Museum and Hall of Fame for Caring Americans (Douglass's first home in Washington, D.C. and the former home of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art), as well as more famous sites like Douglass's Cedar Hill home in Anacostia and the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
  • Chapter 7. Maryland
  • Washington, D.C.'s northeastern neighbor has plenty of African American heritage sites, which will be featured in this chapter. This chapter's subjects will range from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore to the Alex Haley statue in Annapolis Harbor marking the spot where Kunta Kinte first entered the United States, and from the Harriet Tubman Memorial Gardens in Cambridge to the real "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Bethesda
  • Chapter 8. Virginia
  • Virginia was the nation's largest slaveholding state, leading to a treasure trove of African American historic sites around the region including Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington and his slaves; Colonial Williamsburg with its reenactments of colonial slave life; and Jamestown, where the first African Americans were brought involuntarily to North America
  • Chapter 9. Coming Soon (Chapter provided)
  • Chapter 10. At A Glance
  • This chapter will consist of a spreadsheet-style chart which will give readers the vital information they need to visit the attractions listed inBLACK MEN BUILT THE CAPITOL: address, telephone number, Web site, hours of operation, distance from Washington, D.C.(if applicable)
  • Chapter 11. Bibliography
  • A list of resources used in writing this book, and additional reading material for those interested in knowing more about Washington, D.C.'s African American history