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

Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson

1800 Vermont Avenue, NW

 

—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

 
Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 8, 2011
1. Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson Marker
Inscription.
Frelinghuysen University was founded in 1917 to provide education, religious training, and social services for Black working-class adults. Founders include Jesse Lawson, a Howard University-educated lawyer; his wife Rosetta C. Lawson, an advocate for temperance and low-income housing; and Howard sociologist Kelly Miller. The school’s name honored U.S. Senator Frederick T. Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, a civil rights activist during Reconstruction (1865-1877).

After starting out in private homes and businesses, the school bought this house in 1921 and held classes here until 1927. Anna J. Cooper ran its successor, the Frelinghuysen Group of Schools for Colored Working People, from 1940 until it closed in the late 1950s.

Photo:
Frelinghuysen law graduates, 1917
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° 54.895′ N, 77° 1.608′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington
Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 8, 2011
2. Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson Marker
on the low fence to the right of the stairs.
. Marker is at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 11th Street, NW on Vermont Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Afro-American Newspaper Office Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Howard University Sets the Standard (about 400 feet away); A Home Away From Home (about 400 feet away); African American Civil War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia (about 700 feet away); Civil War Camp to Victorian Neighborhood (about 800 feet away); We had everything we needed right here (approx. 0.2 miles away); Like a Village (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shaw.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sen. Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen. (Submitted on October 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Kelly Miller (sociologist) in "Mathematicians of the African Diaspora". ... Johns Hopkins University had recently become the first American school to offer graduate work in mathematics. As Miller was to be the first African American student admitted to the university, the recommendation was decided by the Board of Trustees, who decided to admit Miller based on the university founder's known Quaker beliefs ... (Submitted on October 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
800 Vermont Avenue, NW Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, October 8, 2011
3. 800 Vermont Avenue, NW
U.S. Department of the Interior National Register of Historic Places plaque, above doorbell button.

 
Additional keywords. National Register of Historic Places
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationNotable PersonsNotable Places
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 589 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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