March 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Despite golf’s exclusive image, the National Park Service’s public golf courses were flash points in the fight against segregation in the District of Columbia and across the Park Service. Between 1917 and 1948 the federal government built seven public golf courses in Washington’s public parks. Yet these courses were initially open only to whites. African American golfers responded by establishing clubs and associations, petitioning for a course of their own, and ultimately fighting the Jim Crow segregation policies that the Park Service inherited when it took over the management of the District’s park system.
Please join NPS Historian Patti Kuhn Babin for a talk that highlights how the unique stories of the National Park Service golf courses in the District of Columbia, including Langston, contribute to its narratives about public lands, equality, and inclusion. This presentation is sponsored by the DC Preservation League.
For more information and how to register, visit the following web page: https://www.dcpreservat