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In the Footsteps of Activists: Looking at D.C. History From an LGBTQ+ Perspective

In-Person Program

Weekend Tour

Sunday, June 18, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1CSB07
Tour meets at the statue of Admiral Farragut
in Farragut Square
912 17th St NW, Washington, DC
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Long before the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirming the right to same-sex marriage, Washington, D.C., was a place where LGBTQ+ history was made. Join A Tour of Her Own tour leaders as you explore feminist history through a queer lens in the nation’s capital. Trace the footsteps of activists and learn how the city has been a pivotal location for the LGBTQ+ community to advocate for equal rights and the protection of civil rights and express nonconforming views.

As you walk through downtown neighborhoods filled with theaters, street art, and historic sites, stop to hear stories of defiance, resistance, and triumph. Beginning in Farragut Square, discover how the statue of Admiral David Farragut is related to Sappho from the Greek island of Lesbos. Fast-forward in time and walk through Black Lives Matter Plaza as you uncover how modern activism is rooted in the intersection of Black feminism and queer liberation. Admire a view of the White House while hearing about the First Lady who attempted to break away from the Secret Service to search for a rainbow. A stop at Ford's Theatre highlights Civil War Medal of Honor recipient Dr. Mary Edwards Walker and her scandalous decision to wear pants.

Know Before You Go

  • Tour participants will meets at the statue of Admiral Farragut in Farragut Square (912 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C.).
  • The tour begins at in Farragut Square and ends at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
  • Dress for outdoor walking.

Additional Date Options for this Tour

General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, June 16, 2023.
  • Smithsonian is a mask-friendly environment. Masks are strongly recommended to be worn on buses at all times and may also be required at various indoor sites.
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