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

Griffith Stadium Site

African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC

 

—2041 Georgia Avenue, NW —

 
Griffith Stadium Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
1. Griffith Stadium Site Marker
Inscription. Before Howard University Hospital was built in 1975, Griffith Stadium stood here. Constructed in 1914, the stadium was one of the few public spaces that were open to everyone during the segregation era. It was home to the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues, as well as the Washington Senators, the white American League baseball team, and the pre-integration Washington Redskins. The annual Thanksgiving Day Howard–­Lincoln game was a favorite event. Cadet corps drill competitions between Armstrong and Dunbar high schools drew enormous crowds. Evangelists held large baptisms in the stadium. And many young boys, including Duke Ellington, sold peanuts there in the summer.
 
Erected by Cultural Heritage DC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.047′ N, 77° 1.305′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Georgia Avenue (U.S. 29) when traveling north. Touch for map. At Howard University Hospital. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2041 Georgia Avenue, Northwest, Washington DC 20059, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Griffith Stadium (here, next to this
Griffith Stadium Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
2. Griffith Stadium Site Marker
marker); Armed Resistance (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society (about 600 feet away); Howard Theatre (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Scurlock Studio Site (about 700 feet away); Freedmen's Hospital (about 700 feet away); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (about 700 feet away); Willis Richardson Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationSports
 
The Howard-Lincoln Game image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
3. The Howard-Lincoln Game
In this undated photo, Howard University plays Lincoln University at Griffith Stadium.
Close-up of photo on marker
Howard University Hospital image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
4. Howard University Hospital
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on August 31, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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