16th Street Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hold the Mayo!
Battleground to Community
— Brightwood Heritage Trail —
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
The Firehouse just beyond Posin's is here because, back in 1891, residents formed the Brightwood Citizens' Association 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 2008 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Brightwood Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 57.611′ N, 77° 1.693′ W. Marker was in 16th Street Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker was on Georgia Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29) south of Missouri Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the sidewalk between 5768 Georgia Avenue (Usulutan Grocery) and 5764 (Papa John's Pizza). Marker was at or near this postal address: 5764 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Crossroads Create Community (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Build It And They Will Come Mayor Emery and the Union Army (about 600 feet away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood (approx. 0.2 miles away); School Days (approx. ¼ mile away); “Get Down You Fool” (approx. ¼ mile away); Aunt Betty's Story (approx. ¼ mile away); Military Road School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in 16th Street Heights.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 749 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on August 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on May 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 16. submitted on May 30, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.