The Making of Black Broadway - Atlas Obscura Experiences

The Making of Black Broadway

About Your Host
Tim Wright
Tim Wright

Tim Wright is a local historian with more than 15 years of experience in civics education. He has partnered with groups across D.C., including the National Building Museum, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and Source Theater to give tours and bring stories and little-known histories back to life from around the city. 

What We’ll Do

During the first half of the 20th century, D.C.’s U Street Corridor was the center for nationally famous jazz clubs and a genre of music known as "Go-Go." Legend Duke Ellington was born here. Marvin Gaye's career was launched here. Ella Fitzgerald honed her voice here. And all enjoyed a meal at Ben's Chili Bowl at one time or another. 

Join Atlas Obscura Society D.C. and guide Tim Wright as we go back in time to discover the artistic legacy of U Street, aka "Black Broadway," from jazz and hip-hop to punk and go-go. On this tour, you will walk the area's streets and graffiti-covered back alleys to learn how the murals, theaters, music venues, and memorials embrace the musical history of this amazing neighborhood. Along the way, you'll jam out to a diverse playlist that will get your feet tapping and your soul dancing.

What Else You Should Know

There are two options for start times: 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 

Questions? Contact Rosie Grant at

Where We’ll Be

The tour covers approximately 1 mile along U Street, aka "Black Broadway," and does not end the same spot as it begins. Details will be sent to attendees prior to the event.

This event is accessible by public transportation, with the Shaw-Howard Metro stop on the Yellow and Green Lines a short walk from Howard Theater. 

Dates and Availability
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Group Size

There are 28 spots available on this experience.

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