African Americans and Washington DC
Lincoln Theater, part of Washington's former Black Broadway. Deborah Willis/AASC
The Lincoln Theatre is located at 1215 U Street, dubbed Washington’s Black Broadway in its heyday, the 1920s through the 1940s. The theater included a movie house and ballroom, and headlined big band performances, stage dances, and theatrical performances. Performers included Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Sarah Vaughan, and Louis Armstrong, among others. It was restored and reopened in 1994, and hosts a variety of performances and events. The theater has been placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.