Petworth in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Billy Simpson's House of Seafood and Steaks
African American Heritage Trail
3515 Georgia Avenue
Billy Simpson's provided DC's African American community with an upscale venue for dining and socializing in the period when segregation was ending and African Americans claimed a larger role in city affairs. The restaurant (open 1956-1978) attracted intellectuals, professionals, entertainers ,and African diplomats. Politicians, government officials, and journalists debated the issues of the day at roundtables hosted here by owner, community activist and philanthropist William W. Simpson. The building was added to the DC inventory of Historic Sites in 2008 and the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 56.29′ N, 77° 1.467′ W. Marker is in Petworth, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Georgia Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3515 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mr. Lincolnís Ride (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Former Engine Co 24 of the District of Columbia Fire Department The Modern Shopper (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Next Wave (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grant Circle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins Drew (approx. half a mile away); From Beer Garden to Park View (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Nob Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petworth.
Also see . . .
1. Nation Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on June 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Chez Billy. (Submitted on June 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Politics •
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