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Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

—2232 Sixth Street, NW —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 22, 2017
1. Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site Marker
Inscription.  Will Marion Cook (1869-1944) was an internationally renowned violinist and composer. After studying music at Oberlin College (Ohio) and the National Conservatory of Music (New York), Cook turned to creating musical comedies. Among them was Clorindy, the Origin of the Cakewalk, the first musical comedy written, directed, and performed entirely by African American artists. Later Cook's New York Syncopated Orchestra toured Europe, playing classical music and introducing audiences to American Jazz.

Cook's father, John Hartwell Cook, graduated from Howard University Law School in 1871. His son, Mercer Cook (1903-1987), taught Romance languages at Howard and later served as a U.S. ambassador. The family home once stood at this spot.

Image caption:
Will Marion Cook
Moorland-Springarn Research Center, Howard University
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.264′ N, 77° 
Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 22, 2017
2. Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site Marker
1.26′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Street Northwest and College Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on 6th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2239 6th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20059, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tau Beta Pi (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew F. Hilyer Residence Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Cleaning Up Cowtown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sara Winifred Brown, M.D. (about 300 feet away); Phi Beta Sigma (about 400 feet away); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (about 400 feet away); Day of Honor 2000 (about 500 feet away); Fortitude (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
 
Also see . . .  Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, Music
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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