Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Has been designated a
Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
was the home of
Commodore Stephen Decatur
who died here
March 22, 1820,
from wounds received in a duel
with Commodore Barron
Among other distinguished men
who lived here, were
Martin Van Buren
George M. Dallas
Edward F. Beale
Erected 1961 by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 54.005′ N, 77° 2.29′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of H Street NW and Jackson Place, on the right when traveling east on H Street NW. Click for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (here, next to this marker); Baron von Steuben Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Restoration of Jackson Place and Lafayette Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Comte Jean de Rochambeau Memorial (about 400 feet away); Francis Preston Blair (about 400 feet away); The Blair House (about 400 feet away); The Bernard Baruch Bench of Inspiration (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Downtown.
Regarding Decatur House. "The slave quarters at Decatur House is one of only a few remaining examples of slave quarters in an urban setting and also is uniquely significant as the only remaining physical evidence that African Americans were held in bondage within sight of the Executive Mansion. Though the exact date of construction is unknown, records indicate the quarters were possibly built as a one story structure as early as September 1821 during the tenancy of the French foreign minister..."
Source: Decatur House on Lafayette Square [see first link
Also see . . .
1. The Decatur House Museum. (Submitted on December 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. "The Half Had Not Been Told Me: African Americans on Lafayette Square". featured exhibit at the Decatur House Museum. (Submitted on June 22, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, “Father of American Architecture”; Headquarters, National Trust for Historic Preservation; slavery.
Categories. • African Americans • Landmarks • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
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