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In honor of Mother’s Day, this tour focuses exclusively on women for whom motherhood was central to their identities, their lives, and sometimes their deaths. Women celebrated on this tour may have been biological mothers, such as Lucy Bell, who devoted her life to fighting for her family’s freedom from slavery, and expectant mother Sarah Reed,  who died reportedly trying to save her stepchildren during the explosion of the steamship Wawaset.  Others are metaphorical, like Mother of Gay Rights Barbara Gittings, or whimsical, like Flora Darling, founder of “Daughters of” organizations, such as the DAR.  Walk among two centuries of motherhood at Congressional as we honor the public and private roles of some of our female residents.

Please come prepared with comfortable and weather appropriate clothing and shoes, as the tours often stray from the main paths.

The Cemetery is open to dogs on Sundays. Please be aware of that off-leash dogs will be on the grounds at the time of the tour.

Reservations are required and a tour reservation is a $5 donation.

Sunday tours begin at 1:00 PM, rain or shine. Visitors may meet docents at the front gate of the cemetery located at the corner of E St. and Potomac Ave.

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