Yesterday, I visited historic Congressional Cemetery, located on E Street, Southeast, in Washington, D.C.
I used to live only about five blocks from Congressional Cemetery when I first moved to D.C. back in the late 1980s. (I’d never visited when I lived on the Hill; I wasn’t into history back when I was young and stupid.) Since I discovered Emmett, though, Congressional Cemetery moved up on the list of places I wanted to visit. It is full of historically important people; some who might have known Emmett when he was U.S. Congressman.
I don’t think Emmett ever came this far down Capitol Hill when he lived in the city; Congressional Cemetery is about 15 blocks down from where he lived and worked, at the corner of Pennsylvania and C Streets, Southwest.
My husband came with me on the field trip, and we decided to do the self-directed walking tour route. We were interested in visiting several different Cemetery residents (is that the right word?) from across the many themed walking tours available. (You can find the different walking tours, complete with historic information at the link, here).
There are 67,000 burials at this Cemetery. Obviously, there were a lot more folks we’d have liked to visited and paid our respects to, but we decided to save that for another day.
We’ll be back for another visit; I especially want to take the Suffrage Tour, in preparation for a book I plan to write about Minnie Kehoe after I finish Emmett’s story. One of these days.
What’s wonderful about Congressional Cemetery is that it really is a living cemetery in every sense of the word. Visitors are invited to walk about and to learn about the important contributions these residents made to our country’s history.
Also, you, too can be a part of Congressional Cemetery. Check this out:
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