Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
1201 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
In Category: Nightlife & Attractions
Weekday Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m., Closed federal holidays; Researchers may use the Archives by appointment only
Discover local art and history in this landmark 1872 school building, which graduated the first high school class for African Americans in 1877. The Sumner School was named for US Senator Charles Sumner, an outspoken advocate for integration, especially in education. The Charles Sumner School is an appealing museum, which also houses the DC Public School archives. Permanent exhibits include extensive DC public school memorabilia and sculptural vignettes that capture the life and times of Frederick Douglass.