6. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia)
At the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers sits Harpers Ferry, a remarkable reminder to the complexities of American history. From abolitionist John Brown’s bloody precursor to the Civil War, to the founding of one of the first integrated schools in the United States in Storer College, Harpers Ferry tells a story that is uniquely American.
7. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (Virginia)
As the first African American woman to charter a bank in the United States, Maggie Lena Walker is an inspiration to African Americans, women, and people with disabilities to this day.
8. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park (Georgia)
The incalculable impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. is woven into American life like few other figures in history. King’s timeless teachings spring to vivid life in his childhood home, a must-visit memorial in the heart of Atlanta.
9. Monocacy National Battlefield (Maryland)
This was the site of a Confederate victory in July 1984, which, despite its outcome, was a turning point in the war in favor of the Union, who used the diversion to reinforce the defenses of nearby Washington, D.C. Before that, the site was home to l’Hermitage, a slave plantation with a particularly inhumane reputation, even for the time.
10. National Capital Parks-East / Anacostia Park (Washington, D.C.)
A beautiful public park on the banks of its namesake river, Anacostia Park is a welcome respite from the city and a stone’s throw from the home where Frederick Douglass spent his final years.
11. National Mall and Memorial Parks / African American Civil War Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
As part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., this museum pays tribute to the service of more than 200,000 African Americans who fought during the Civil War. Making up a tenth of the total manpower of the Union Army, these brave soldiers played an integral role in toppling slavery.