2 March – 3 March 2017
Each of us had been to Washington D.C before. I had been many times since the company I work for is headquartered there. Each of us, that is, except for Cole. D.C. is almost too close. We have put off visiting as a family choosing instead destinations further away. Cole got to Buckingham Palace before the White House! His 5th Grade field trip finally gave him his chance.
We had a whirlwind tour of our nation’s capital and as many times as I had been before, we saw three sights I had never seen, the Martin Luther King Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.
I was especially interested in the African American Museum designed by Phil Freelon and Zena Howard of Perkins + Will (formerly The Freelon Group), both of whom I have worked with over the years. We spent most of our time in the history exhibits to impress on Cole the reality of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement in America. The museum was very well done.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Monuments on the Mall
The Capital Building