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

Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

1901-1903 Seventh Street, NW

 
Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
1. Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Marker
Inscription. The Southern Aid Society, one of the nation's oldest black insurance companies, opened this building as its headquarters in 1921. At the street level it housed the Dunbar Theatre, a popular movie house owned by the Murray family. Offices occupied the second floor, and apartments the third. The building's architect, Isaiah T. Hatton, graduated from M Street High School in 1905, then studied steam engineering and worked as a draftsman in the office of architect William Sidney Pittman. Hatton also designed the Whitelaw Hotel (1839 13th Street, NW), the Industrial Savings Bank (12th and U streets), the Murray Palace Casino (918 U Street), and a number of churches and private residences.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.946′ N, 77° 1.311′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street and T Street Northwest on 7th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1903 7th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armed Resistance (within shouting distance of this marker); Howard Theatre (within
Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
2. Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Marker
shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Flower Garden of Washington (about 500 feet away); Grief Turns to Anger (about 600 feet away); Griffith Stadium (about 600 feet away); Griffith Stadium Site (about 600 feet away); Washington Conservatory of Music and School of Expression (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Shaw.
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
Marshall Murray<br>in front of his Dunbar Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
3. Marshall Murray
in front of his Dunbar Theatre
Close-up of photo on marker
Scurlock Studios
1893 - Southern Aid Society of Virginia - 1920 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
4. 1893 - Southern Aid Society of Virginia - 1920
Dunbar Theater Sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
5. Dunbar Theater Sign
Dunbar Theater Marquee image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
6. Dunbar Theater Marquee
Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
7. Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Building
Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
8. Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Building
Doorway image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
9. Doorway
Southern Aid Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
10. Southern Aid Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 22, 2016.
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