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Capitol spotlight

 This June 30 students from Young Women’s College Prep Charter School visited Washington D.C.for a real-life history lesson.  For three packed days they trekked all over the nation’s capital seeing as many sites as they could squeeze in.

The group left on June 26th, arriving first at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “The museum is set up so you start at the bottom floor where the exhibits are about the history of slavery, including the wreckage of a slave ship,” said Dean of Students Camille Zitz, “and work your way through time as you move to the top floor where you learn about the civil rights movement and current events.” Zitz said she noticed that the students were really moved to see how much African Americans have struggled to fight for their rights. “They were pretty solemn, but they also really enjoyed the exhibits about the influence of African Americans in sports, food, fashion, art, theatre, music and dance.”

Over the remainder of their time, the students visited the Supreme Court, Natural History Museum, the National Zoo, the National Air and Space Museum, Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Arlington Cemetery.  They took a nighttime tour of the memorials, had lunch at Union Station, and toured the Capitol where they just barely missed seeing a protest of health care reform.  “That sparked a lot of conversation,” Zitz said, “because we could still see the women in their costumes from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and the students had a lot of questions about it.”

On the last night, the students enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, which was a highlight for students like Truyanda Granderson.

Fun Fact: Did you know there are 155 monuments in Washington D.C.?

Photos from this incredible trip:

WW II memorial smallWhite House small
Washington Monument small
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Holocaust Flame smallArlington Ceremony small
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