Beloved Community at 1600 Penn?

During the Civil War, the White House became a crossroads for those who envisioned what we now call a “Beloved Community.” Visitors included Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Unitarian Julia Ward Howe. The arts were embraced and encouraged as never before. With Black History Month encompassing the birthdays of Lincoln and Douglass – and coinciding with our month-long theme of Beloved Community – we consider the lessons that the Civil War-era White House might hold for us today.