The COVID Pandemic is but one of a long line of sicknesses that have ravaged this country and much of the world throughout human history. Like many cities of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Washington DC had poor public sanitation that resulted in many deaths from the waves of cholera that swept the world between 1817 and 1873, including 2 Congressmen whose cenotaphs are in Congressional Cemetery. Yellow Fever carried off Benjamin Latrobe, the second Architect of the Capitol and designer of the cenotaphs, and his son. The Spanish Influenza of 1918/1919 killed some 3,000 Washingtonians. In our own time, AIDS, still a pandemic in parts of the world, killed some 640,00 in this country alone. In our Gay Corner rest a number of victims of that disease. We invite you to come hear their stories and those of others who lived in times not too unlike our own. The evidence of the past gives hope to the future.
For years, Congressional Cemetery's docents have consistently offered Saturday tours of Congressional Cemetery. Now, due to the breadth of expertise and knowledge of our volunteer docents, we're happy to add a focused tour on the history of epidemics.
Tours are limited to 9 people. No walk-ups allowed. Face coverings are required to be worn by all attendees over the age of two for the entire tour. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided to you. If you refuse to wear a face covering, you will not be permitted to join the tour. Comfortable attire is strongly encouraged. Visitors may meet docents at the front gate.