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Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894)

 
 
Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) Marker
Inscription. In the wake of the economic "Panic of 1893", social reformer Jacob Coxey and his "Army of the Commonwealth," consisting of approximately 500 unemployed workers, marched from Ohio to Washington, D.C., to demonstrate at the Capitol for unemployment relief. Following their march on Washington, Coxey and his Army were invited to stay at the George Washington House Hotel in Bladensburg by its proprietor. On May 14, 1894, the group's rank-and-file members camped in the hotel's backyard while Jacob Coxey, his wife, his infant son Legal Tender Coxey, and his assistant Carl Browne were given free rooms. Floodwaters forced Coxey's Army to flee Bladensburg on May 20, 1894. Jacob Coxey (1854-1951) ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1894, 1916, and 1942 and for president in 1932 and 1936.

Text with middle-left photo: Carl Browne on horseback, with Coxey's Army. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Text with lower-left photo: Encampment of Coxey's Army. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Text with middle photo: Jacob Coxey. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Text with upper-right photo: George Washington House Hotel. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Map Showing Location of Encampment image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2010
2. Map Showing Location of Encampment

 
Location. 38° 56.106′ N, 76° 56.3′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Annapolis Road (Maryland Route 450) and 46th Street. Click for map. Marker is in Bladensburg Waterfront Park, .2 miles south of the entrance at this intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duels and the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (a few steps from this marker); Dinosaur Alley (a few steps from this marker); The Incidental Cause of the Star-Spangled Banner (1814) (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Ropemaking (within shouting distance of this marker); Clearing the Way to Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Telegraph Line (1844) (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Bladensburg Waterfront Park - Port Town History (within shouting distance of this marker); First Unmanned Balloon Ascension (1784) (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bladensburg.
 
More about this marker. The George Washington House, reference by this marker, is located .5 miles north of this marker.
 
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Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
3. Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) Marker
 Bladensburg Waterfront Park. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
 
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Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2010
4. Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) Marker
George Washington House Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
5. George Washington House Hotel
Close-up of photo on marker
Prince George's Historical Society
Carl Browne, on horseback, with Coxey's Army image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
6. Carl Browne, on horseback, with Coxey's Army
Close-up of photo on marker
Library of Congress
Encampment of Coxey's Army image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
7. Encampment of Coxey's Army
Close-up of photo on marker
Libary of Congress
Jacob Coxey image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
8. Jacob Coxey
Close-up of photo on marker
Library of Congress
George Washington House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
9. George Washington House
"... In 1894, Populist reformer Jacob Coxey and his army of unemployed protestors camped here during their march on Washington, D.C. seeking Federal aid." -- from the "George Washington House" historical marker at 4302 Baltimore Avenue.

The George Washington House Hotel is now the headquarters of the Anacostia Watershed Society.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,144 times since then and 166 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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