Shaw in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Industrial Bank of Washington
2000 11th Street, NW
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —
Industrial Bank stands as a testament to the Black business movement that began in the 1880s in downtown Washington and spread to the U Street area by the 1900s. Industrial Bank was the only Black-owned financial institution in the city when laborer-turned entrepreneur John Whitelaw Lewis founded it in 1913. A few years later the bank moved from its first address, 2006 11th Street, to this building, which Lewis financed and architect Isaiah T. Hatton designed. Although forced to close briefly during the financial crisis that caused the Great Depression, Industrial Bank of Washington was reopened in 1934 by attorney Jesse Mitchell.
Industrial Bank of Washington, 1934
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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° 55.027′ N, 77° 1.654′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on U Street, NW west of 11th Street, NW. Click for map. Marker is at or
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We had everything we needed right here (within shouting distance of this marker); The True Reformer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben's Chili Bowl / Minnehaha Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade (about 400 feet away); Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia (about 400 feet away); Civil War Camp to Victorian Neighborhood (about 500 feet away); Marlon Francisco Morales (about 500 feet away); African American Civil War Memorial (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Shaw.
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Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
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