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 event is free and open to the public. To register for the event, click here.
Date: Saturday, March 24th
Location: Langston Golf Course at 2600 Benning Road NW
Free and open to the public, registration required – Register here