Here are just a few memorials and monuments in the DC area paying tribute to African-Americans and all they have done for the country.
Though not an official landmark, these old stones from the Capitol were dumped in a random location that can easily be found in Rock Creek Park. Try the unmarked trail at the parking lot of the Rock Creek maintenance yard.
Here are some of the coolest, or creepiest abandoned places or urban legends in D.C.
How some Blair Blazers have managed to have a baseball season despite the circumstances.
Blair girls varsity basketball takes on Magruder December 13, 2019.
The girls of the Blair volleyball team celebrate their senior night against Churchill on October 25.
This memorial is dedicated to Black troops who fought in the Union. The 180,000 Black soldiers who served, as well as the 98,500 formerly enslaved men, were essential in contributing to the Union, and their names are carved on the Wall of Honor at the memorial.
(Here I Stand) In the Spirit of Paul Robeson is an artwork by artist Allen Uzikee Nelson found at the intersection of Kansas Ave NW, Georgia Ave NW, and Varnum St NW. It pays tribute to actor, activist and musician Paul Robeson.
Artist Aniekan Udofia painted a mural depicting African-American legends like the Obamas, Prince, Muhammad Ali, and many more on the wall next to Ben's Chili Bowl at 1213 U Street.
Ben Ali, a Trinidadian-born immigrant, founded Ben's Chili Bowl on August 22, 1958. Because of the restaurant's location on U Street, what used to be called "Black Broadway," many jazz legends like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis would stop by for a bite before their performances. The restaurant has seen many years and has expanded to many locations, making it an iconic landmark in DC.
Mary McLeod Bethune was a civil rights leader and education and founded the National Council of Negro Women. This memorial, found in Lincoln Park, shows Mrs. Bethune giving a copy of her legacy to two black children.
Malcolm X was a African American Muslim human rights activist. He was shot and killed in New York City in 1965. Though this park's name was originally Meridian Hill Park, it became a common gathering area for black activists in the 1960s and was referred to as Malcolm X Park.
MLK was a prominent civil rights activist who fought for racial equality and justice. He also advocated for the working class and the oppressed worldwide, but was shot and killed in 1968.
This memorial commemorates the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. at 1964 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC.
The stacks of stones may seem precious and hidden, but can actually be found only half a mile from a parking lot at Rock Creek Park.
Ice freezes over the space between the intricate details of the stones.
Many different shapes of stones were abandoned here, like this circular one found towards the back of the site.
The now mossy stacks of old stones were quietly disposed of by Congress, where they have stayed for the past 60 years.
Found on an unmarked trail next to the Rock Creek nature center, many of the stones sport intricate detailing.
Stones from the 1958 reconstruction of the Capitol lie haphazardly in Rock Creek Park.
Graffiti covers a "Do Not Enter" sign at the entrance of the Capitol Stones.
This steep, narrow stairway found at 3535 Prospect St. NW in D.C. was the filming location of the climax of the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist.
Now owned by Howard University, this building at 2146 Georgia Avenue NW in D.C. was once a bread factory for General Baking Company.
While there are many versions of this legend the oldest is a story of three sisters travelling to save their brothers who were captured by a rival tribe. They drowned on their journey, becoming the three small islets we see in the middle of the Potomac river. It is said a moaning sound can be heard in the area of the islands when another life is about to be taken.
A dead canopy of branches hangs over the Trolley Trestle.
Opening in 1896, the Trolley Trestle took D.C. residents around the city, running its last trolley on 1960.
Just past Georgetown University, the abandoned Trolley Trestle can be found.
What used to be transportation for coal and other resources is now abandoned and filled with debris.
Murky water fills near the gates of the abandoned C&O Canal.
Grass grows in place of the old C&O Canal in Georgetown.
Students use MyMCPS classroom and Synergy to navigate virtual learning (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama)
TikTok and WeChat have been targets of the Trump administration since August (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama)
Senior Jacob Warren takes a long stride to pitch the ball.
Junior Alex Valdez gets ready to swing the bat.
Sophomore Aidan Niemerski pitches the ball.
Senior Nicholas Layke catches behind the plate.
Sophomore Kendall Anderson takes a lead at first base.
Senior Jackson Plank swings the bat and gets a hit.
Senior Tony Calderon-Gonzalez prepares to field the ball.
Senior Jackson Plank waits to catch the ball at first base.
Senior Jason Lott winds up to pitch the ball.
Keeping up with New Year's resolutions requires meaningful behavior (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama).
Junior Kate Hildebrandt defends the ball.
Freshman Amelia Martin tries to take the ball from the other team.
Junior Kate Hildebrandt searches the court to pass the ball.
The team regroups for a time-out.
Freshman Amelia Martin takes a foul shot.
A blazer searches the court to pass the ball.
Junior Elise Haverland moves quickly to defend the ball.
Freshman Amelia Martin keeps her eyes on the ball.
Junior Peyton Martin prepares to defend the ball
Senior Jennifer Ren keeps Blazers up to date on Instagram page @mbhs4 (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama)
Newspaper makes an artistic and personalized substitute for wrapping paper (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama).
The NCAA made a new rule that will allow athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness starting in 2023 (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama).
Blazers come together to congratulate one another after every point.
Senior Olivia Freer spikes the ball to the other team.
Two blazers successfully block an attack from the opposing team.
Blazers prepare for a serve from the other team.
A blazer dives for the ball to bump it to a teammate.
Sophomore Emma Weinstein prepares to spike the ball to the other team.
A blazer sets the ball to be spiked by her teammate.
Two blazers attempt to block an attack from the opposing team.
Blazers prepare for the other team's attack.
MCPS implements new active shooter drills (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama).
Blair girls’ varsity volleyball team at senior night (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama).
MCPS fosters a generally positive culture around athletics and other extracurriculars (courtesy of Abby Yokoyama).
Junior Elise Kinyanjui picks up a YouthCruiser SmarTrip card from the attendance office.