Latest from Jessica Contrera

He was an Indian, and she was white. When Ely Parker married Minnie Sackett, “the creme de la creme of Washington society” came to watch.

  • Feb 13, 2019

The image of a man in blackface standing beside a figure in Klan robes has deep roots in American history, starting with minstrel shows in the early 19th century that denigrated slaves.

  • Feb 2, 2019

Tourists and locals find Smithsonian museum doors are still locked.

  • Jan 26, 2019

Nikolas Cruz confessed to the Parkland massacre. Now Zach is ‘stuck between loving him and hating him.’

  • Jan 25, 2019

Carolyn Marshall stays up all night on Christmas Eve to carry on her mother’s legacy.

  • Dec 24, 2018

In a season of hope, five stories of second chances, of people who grabbed the chance to begin again.

  • Dec 24, 2018

In 1968, two of America's most prominent political families united.

  • Dec 22, 2018

A year after a 12-year-old’s suicide attempt left Marisa Harris dead, her parents still fear for the boy’s mental health

  • Dec 13, 2018

The remains of Richard J. Murphy Jr., a Washingtonian who was thought to be lost at sea, were identified by DNA.

  • Dec 1, 2018

More than a century ago, Lewis Hine took pictures of newcomers from Southern and Eastern Europe when many Americans opposed their arrival.

  • Nov 24, 2018
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