The vestiges of the African American experience can’t always be found in statues and memorials. Quiet treasures abound in Washington. Make it a point to see them all.
The Greensboro Lunch Counter at the National Museum of American HistoryThe slab of a counter is eight feet long and unassuming, with just four art-deco stools -- two covered in mint-green vinyl, two in salmon-pink. It was in those seats, at that counter in an F.W. Woolworth store, that four Greensboro, N.C., college freshmen launched the sit-in heard around the world on Feb. 1, 1960. The Greensboro sit-in was one of the watershed moments of the civil rights movement, inspiring dozens of similar sit-ins across the country. (Where to see it: National Museum of American History, Second Floor, East Wing, 14th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanhistory.si.edu. Free.)James M. Thresher/For The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.