Adams Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Roots of Reed-Cooke
Roads to Diversity
—Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
Reed-Cooke’s earliest African American settlers moved here from what is now Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. The came in the late 1880s after Mary Foote Henderson evicted them from her property. Reed-Cooke became industrial as well as residential, with warehouses and car dealerships. The Church of the Savior’s missions and King Emmanuel Baptist Church (originally Meridian Hill Church), behind you on Kalorama Road, supported the community’s spiritual and social needs.
Like much of this area, Reed-Cooke experienced decline in the 1950s and 1960s. The Adams Morgan Planning Committee called its small industrial section a “deteriorating influence,” and wanted to demolish or adapt it along with nearby houses. But residents worked to fend off urban renewal and the Adams Morgan Organization, Jubilee Housing, Adams Morgan Community Development Corporation, King Emmanuel Baptist Church,
In 1981 ANC Commissioner Edward G. Jackson, Sr., coined “Reed-Cooke” for the area between 16th and 18th Streets, and led a community effort to make it official. The name, like Adams Morgan’s, recognizes two schools: the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center (Champlain Street), and the H.D. Cooke Elementary School (17th and Euclid).
Erected 2005 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Adams Morgan Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.292′ N, 77° 2.321′ W. Marker is in Adams Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Kalorama Road, NW just east of 17th Street, NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1631 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Meridian (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Art for the People (about 700 feet away); Life on the Park (approx. 0.2 miles A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves (approx. 0.2 miles away); An American Meridian (approx. 0.2 miles away); Visionary and Park Champion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Creating the "City Beautiful" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adams Morgan.
More about this marker. [Caption for photo group in upper right]:
Reed-Cooke in 1949, clockwise from bottom left: corner, Champlain and Kalorama; west of Onatario; and Champlain St. car dealer
[Caption, photo in lower left]:
The first tenant board of Jubilee Housing’s Mozart building (1630 Fuller St.) meets to discuss cooperative management in 1978.
[Caption, photo on right, center]:
Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts in The Pelican Brief, filmed at Citadel Studio.
[Caption, photo in lower center]:
Skaters enjoy the National Arena, 1979.
[Caption, photo on lower right]:
Demonstration by the Thunderbirds, professional roller derby team, at the arena, 1983.
Also see . . . Adams Morgan Heritage Trail markers that have been entered in the Historical Marker database. (Submitted on March 20, 2009.)
Additional keywords. urban development, community organizing
Categories. • African Americans • Entertainment • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,848 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.