On Wednesday evening, join tour guide Alexander Padro, Executive Director of Shaw Main Streets and Commissioner for ANC 6E01, on a historical walking tour to revisit the spaces where riots erupted in Shaw 50 years ago following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following the tour, we'll unpack everything with a drink and a nibble at Shaw's Tavern. More from Shaw Main Streets:
Seventh Street in Shaw was devastated during the riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in April 1968 The neighborhood was changed forever, as blocks that were formerly filled with independent businesses were looted and burned and homes were lost. Decisions to demolish remaining buildings and implement the Shaw School Urban Renewal Area plan resulted in new high rise and garden apartment development and vacant lots that remain to this day. Join Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro for a guided tour of 7th Street, bringing the uprising to life with archival photographs and oral histories, seeing the scars on the neighborhood that still await healing, and learning how the neighborhood has been transformed in recent decades into a model for inclusive urban revitalization.
Tour is free, Shaw's Tavern (menu here) is not.
The tour will meet at the small park at 7th St., and New York Avenue, NW.
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