Shaw in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Phyllis Wheatley YWCA
901 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —
This was the city’s first Young Women’s Christian Association and the nation’s only independent Black YWCA. It was organized in Southwest Washington as the Colored YWCA in 1905 by members of the Book Lovers Club, a Black women’s literary group led by Rosetta Lawson, one of the co-founders of Frelinghuysen University. The founders sought to provide affordable housing and services to African American women and girls flocking to the city to seek employment. In 1920, after a number of moves, the YWCA opened here. The group changed its name to honor Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1755-1784), considered the first published African American poet.
[Photo caption:] A program for girls, around 1950.
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC, funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.702′ N, 77° 1.457′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue, NW (U.S. 29) and 9th Street, NW, on the right when traveling west on Rhode Island Avenue, Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carter G. Woodson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spiritual Life (about 700 feet away); Like a Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fires of 1968 (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Contraband” to Community (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grief Turns to Anger (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vermont Avenue Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington Afro-American Newspaper Office Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Shaw.
Also see . . .
1. "On Phillis Wheatley" - poet. (Submitted on April 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Phyllis Wheatley Women's Clubs - 1895. (Submitted on April 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Phillis Wheatley [Peters]. (Submitted on April 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Phyllis Wheatley Club; Phillis Wheatley
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 668 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.