Hundreds Enjoy Informer's African-American Tour

Barrington M. Salmon | 2/22/2012, 12:13 p.m.

Banneker was an astronomer, farmer, scientist, clockmaker, mathematician and writer whose sheer genius and versatility helped dispel the commonly held myth that blacks were intellectually inferior to whites.

After strolling through the museum and listening to remarks from museum Founder and Director Frank Smith, the group headed back to THEARC for lunch.

Margaret Dunnigan and her four grandchildren attended the tour. The Capital Heights, Md., resident said she had a ball on this her first tour, adding that she plans to return.

"I enjoyed it very much," said the 72-year-old retired postal employee. "I didn't have any expectations but I learned so much. I got to see a lot of D.C. I don't usually see. I would encourage everyone to come for themselves and take part in the tour."

Ibrahim Mumin agreed.

"It was excellent. In fact I was motivated after participating in the tour to do something like this in my neighborhood," said Mumin, an economic development specialist and Shaw resident. "I was happy to see that the attendees were intergenerational. There were grandmothers, parents and children. We're always looking for ways to pass on the culture and this is a great way."

"Mr. Best is a treasure. He is so knowledgeable. He's very special. Because we live in D.C., we take a lot for granted and don't realize that a lot of newcomers don't know anything, but we haven't done enough to make it clear to them what we have here."