“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Drew School

Drew School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, October 7, 2013
1. Drew School Marker
Inscription. In 1945 a new segregated elementary school was built for Arlington’s African American population in the Green Valley, now Nauck, neighborhood. It was the only Arlington school to be built in the Art Moderne architectural style. Originally called the Kemper Annex, it was renamed in 1952 to honor Dr. Charles R. Drew, a local resident and eminent physician. After receiving his medical degree (McGill University, 1933), Dr. Drew became the first African American to earn a Doctor of Science in Medicine (Ph.D.) degree (Columbia University, 1940). He was internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of blood plasma research.

With the end of segregation practices in 1971, the school became the Drew Model School, a countywide magnet school. In 2000 the school was demolished to make way for a new school building, also to be named in honor of Dr. Drew.
Erected by Arlington County.
Location. 38° 50.918′ N, 77° 5.132′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South 23rd Street and South Kenmore Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located in the southeast corner of the Drew School parking lot adjacent to
Drew School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, October 7, 2013
2. Drew School Marker
I believe this is the entrance to the original Drew School. The historic marker can be seen in the background through the arch.
the arch. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3500 S 23rd St, Arlington VA 22206, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Macedonia Baptist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington and Old Dominion Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tracks Into History (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nauck: A Neighborhood History (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mt. Zion Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Barnard (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Berry (approx. half a mile away); Margaret Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
Also see . . .  Drew Model Elementary School. (Submitted on October 10, 2013.)
Categories. African AmericansEducationScience & Medicine
modern Drew School image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, October 7, 2013
3. modern Drew School
The modern Drew School is in the distance past the marker.
Charles R. Drew image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
4. Charles R. Drew
This 1953 portrait of Charles R. Drew by Betsy Graves Reyneau hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In 1940 with German bombers dropping their deadly cargoes daily on British cities, England stood in desperate need of blood supplies for its thousands of wounded civilians. To fill this shortage, the British turned to the African American physician Charles Drew, America's recognized pioneer in the preservation and storage of blood. Drew expeditiously organized the Blood Transfusion Association, and the crisis in war-torn England's hospitals was met. A year later, Drew became the medical director of the American Red Cross's blood-donor project, and it was largely because of his expertise that this enterprise saved many American lives during the war. Yet when the Red Cross ordered that all non-Caucasian blood be stored separately, Drew resigned, stating that there were no scientific or medical reasons for classifying blood by race. Today Drew is universally deemed the ‘Father of the Blood Bank.’” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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