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Adams-Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park

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Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, March 7, 2009
1. Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park Marker
Inscription. Long before Europeans arrived, Meridian Hill was a sacred place for Native Americans. As recently as 1992, a delegation of Native Americans walked across the continent to this park to mourn the 500th anniversary of Columbusís arrival. They were received by environmentalist Josephine Butler, a champion of park preservation.

Europeans named the hill for Commodore David Porterís grand Meridian Hill house (1825) which straddled the route of the prime meridian (16th Street). Americans used this meridian as a starting point for mapping the continent until 1884 when it was replaced by the Greenwich (England) Prime Meridian. President John Quincy Adams leased Porterís house in 1829.

Later landowner Mary Foote Henderson persuaded federal officials to build the elaborate, European style, 12-acre Meridian Hill Park. Its starlight performances drew citywide audiences until the park began declining in the 1950s. In the 1960s it became a staging ground for political demonstrations, and in 1970 activist Angela Davis unofficially renamed it Malcolm X Park. Then in the 1990s, Friends of Meridian Hill and others worked with the National Park Service to evict criminal activity and restore the park as a cultural center.

As you proceed to Sign 3, donít miss three landmarks: the Envoy at the corner of Crescent Place (once Meridian
"Meridian Hil Park, 1934" - the waterfall Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, March 7, 2009
2. "Meridian Hil Park, 1934" - the waterfall
Washington Post photo on reverse of Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park Marker.
Mansions, home to congressmen and diplomats), and 1624 and 1630 Crescent Place, both designed by John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial.
 
Erected 2005 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 2 of 18.)
 
Location. 38° 55.243′ N, 77° 2.196′ W. Marker is in Adams-Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 16th Street, NW, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the west side of 16th Street, mid-way between Belmont Street and Crescent Place. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Meridian (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Art for the People (about 300 feet away); An American Meridian (about 500 feet away); College Hill (about 500 feet away); James Buchanan (about 500 feet away); A Gathering Place for Washingtonians (about 500 feet away); Pitts Motor Hotel (about 500 feet away); Buchanan (about 500 feet away).
 
Regarding Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. [Picture captions, upper set]:
Commodore David Porter, above, and President John Quincy Adams, early Meridian Hill residents.

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Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park Marker (reverse) Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
3. Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park Marker (reverse)
caption, right center
]:
“Rough riding [bicycle] contest,” Meridian Hill, 1885.

[Picture caption, left center]:
African Liberation Day marchers poured out of the park, 1972.

[Picture caption, lower left]:
Environmentalist and labor leader Josephine Butler (1920-1997) was a founder of the D.C. Statehood Party.

[Picture caption, right lower center]:
Breakfasting at Meridian Mansions (The Envoy), 1930s.

[Picture captions, bottom center]:
Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherford White and husband, Henry White were the first owners of 1624 Crescent Place.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service: Meridian Hill Park. (Submitted on March 9, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Adams Morgan Heritage Trail markers that have been entered in the Historical Marker database. (Submitted on March 20, 2009.)
 
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Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
4. Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park Marker
Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 4, 2008
5. Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park,
west retaining wall, viewed across 16th Street from Adams Morgan Heritage Trail marker No. 2.
Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park promenade Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 4, 2008
6. Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park promenade
President Buchanan Memorial, Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, 2009 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, March 7, 2009
7. President Buchanan Memorial, Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, 2009
Commodore David Porter, and President John Quincy Adams, early Meridian Hill Residents. Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
8. Commodore David Porter, and President John Quincy Adams, early Meridian Hill Residents.
"Rough Riding contest," Meridian Hill, 1885. Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
9. "Rough Riding contest," Meridian Hill, 1885.
Breakfasting at Meridian Hill Mansions (the Envoy), 1930s. Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
10. Breakfasting at Meridian Hill Mansions (the Envoy), 1930s.
Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherford White Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
11. Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherford White
Margaret Stuyvesant Rutherford White, and husband Henry White, were the first owners of 1624 Crescent Place.
(Painting by John Singer Sargent)
African Liberation Day marchers poured out of the park in 1972. Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
12. African Liberation Day marchers poured out of the park in 1972.
Josephine Butler Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
13. Josephine Butler
Environmentalist and labor leader Josephine Butler (192-1997) was a founder of the D.C. Statehood Party.
The White-Meyer House Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, February 10, 2007
14. The White-Meyer House
Designed by John Russel Pope the Meyer-White house was not only the home of the Whites but the home of the Eugene Meyer family as well.
National Register Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, February 10, 2007
15. National Register Plaque
The White-Meyer House at 1624 Crescent Street is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Adams Morgan Heritage Trail Map Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, March 2, 2013
16. Adams Morgan Heritage Trail Map
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