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

Hold the Mayo!

Battleground to Community

 

—Brightwood Heritage Trail —

 
Hold the Mayo! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
1. Hold the Mayo! Marker
Inscription. English, Irish and German settlers, as well as enslaved and free African Americans, were the first non-natives to claim Brightwood. Farmers dominated until the Civil War. Then in the 1890s electric streetcars allowed government workers to live here and ride to jobs downtown. By the 1940s, sons and daughters of Jewish, Greek, and Italian immigrants had arrived, often leaving crowded conditions in older neighborhoods.

Abraham Posin, founder of Posin's Deli and Bakery, was typical of the newcomers. His family had immigrated from Russia around 1910. Young Abraham visited an uncle living in Washington, where he met and married Gertrude Rose, another Russian émigré. The couple opened a store in Foggy Bottom. Posin's followed its Jewish customers' northward migration, first to the Arcade Market in Columbia Heights. Finally it opened here in 1947 at 5657 Georgia Avenue. Abe's sons, World War II veterans Max and Hyman, eventually took over the store.

Although most of his Jewish customers moved on in the 1950s, Max stayed to serve the African Americans and Caribbean immigrants who took their places. Everyone was welcome. Max died in 1995, and his son Randy closed the store three years later.

The Firehouse just beyond Posin's is here because, back in 1891, residents formed the Brightwood Citizens' Association
Hold the Mayo! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
2. Hold the Mayo! Marker
(Reverse)
and lobbied for city-style improvements. In addition to the firehouse, they secured sewers, sidewalks, streets, electric and gas service, and an elementary school.

The church at 5714 Georgia became the home of Canaan Baptist Church in 1956. In less than ten years, the robust church outgrew the space and moved to 16th Street in Mount Pleasant.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 38° 57.609′ N, 77° 1.693′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Georgia Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is on the sidewalk between 5768 Georgia Avenue (Usulutan Grocery) and 5764 (Papa John's Pizza). Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crossroads Create Community (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Build It And They Will Come (about 500 feet away); Mayor Emery and the Union Army (about 600 feet away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood (approx. 0.2 miles away); School Days (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Get Down You Fool”
Hold the Mayo! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
3. Hold the Mayo! Marker
In front of the Usulutan Grocery
(approx. ¼ mile away); The Rock on Brightwood Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); Aunt Betty's Story (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Brightwood.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Max Posin image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
4. Max Posin
Max Posin at his bakery counter, 1978.
Close-up of photo on marker
Photo by J.R. Black, Collection of Posin Family
Abe Posin & Sons image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
5. Abe Posin & Sons
Posin's founder Abe Posin flanked by sons Hy and Max at the meat counter.
Close-up of photo on marker
Posin's Deli image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
6. Posin's Deli
Posin's opened here in 1947 and operated seven days a week.
Close-up of photo on marker
Gertie, Hy, Max and Abe Posin in the family's first Foggy Bottom store, around 1922. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
7. Gertie, Hy, Max and Abe Posin in the family's first Foggy Bottom store, around 1922.
Close-up of photo on marker
Canaan Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
8. Canaan Baptist Church
Behind you and to the left is the former Washington Gospel Tabernacle, a white congregation. It became Canaan Baptist Church, with a popular Sunday School.
Close-up of photo on marker
Canaan Baptist Church Sunday School, 1956 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
9. Canaan Baptist Church Sunday School, 1956
Close-up of photo on marker
Firefighers of Engine Company 22, around 1920. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
10. Firefighers of Engine Company 22, around 1920.
Close-up of photo on marker
5657 Georgia Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 19, 2013
11. 5657 Georgia Avenue
Site of Posin's Market
New Redeemer Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
12. New Redeemer Baptist Church
Successor to the Canaan Baptist Church at 5714 Georgia Avenue, organized February 7, 1971 by Rev. John R. Lee.
Engine Company 22 Firehouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 19, 2013
13. Engine Company 22 Firehouse
This 1897 building is the oldest firehouse still in use in the Washington. The south bay (Truck Company 11) was added in 1908 and the east facade was rebuilt in the 1940s for larger trucks. William VanZandt Cox who owned Emory Place across the street and the Brightwood Citizen's Association were instrumental in getting the firehouse built.
Chemical Engine No. 2, 1897 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 19, 2013
14. Chemical Engine No. 2, 1897
Predecessor of Company 22 at the Brightwood firehouse
Engine 22 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
15. Engine 22
Map -- You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 1, 2013
16. Map -- You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
 
 
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