Locals who want to learn the history behind some of D.C.’s murals will have plenty to see during a bus tour scheduled to roll through the District this weekend.
The “D.C. Murals Guided Bus Tour” is scheduled to begin outside of the Carnegie Library (801 K St. NW) on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., according to its Eventbrite page.
During the tour, Perry Frank, Ph.D., and Cory Stowers — the duo behind local art blog D.C. Murals — will point out some of the city’s most recognizable public paintings.
“D.C.’s current murals began as socially conscious art in the late 1960s, and now may be abstract and decorative, quasi-advertisement, computer generated, or graffiti inspired,” the event listing reads. “Riders will disembark for closer looks at the political, commemorative, angry, and celebratory expressions of city concerns.”
If there’s anyone who knows about the District’s public art, it’s Frank and Stowers. For more than 20 years, they’ve catalogued murals throughout the city. The duo is also working on a new coffee table book called “D.C. Murals: Spectacle and Story.”
Tickets cost $30.
LeDroit Park Civic Association President Eric Fidler will lead a free walking tour as part of WalkingTown DC on Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.
The tour, which begins at the intersection of 6th Street and Florida Avenue NW and spans .8 miles, will educate residents on local architecture and the people who transformed the neighborhood.
Attendees will hear stories about notable neighborhood figures as Dr. Anna J. Cooper, Mayor Walter Washington, Duke Ellington, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and others. The tour will also cover the 12 different architectural styles seen on buildings throughout the neighborhood.
Though the tour is free, residents must RSVP in order to attend.
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