Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lift Every Voice
—Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
All were working class, and all were white. Wardman, like most developers of his era, had added a covenant, or agreement, to the deeds prohibiting sale or rental to “any Negro or colored person under a penalty of Two Thousand Dollars.” Despite the covenants, by 1930 the houses were all occupied by African Americans. The change happened partly because of the race riot that occurred near here in 1919, and partly because black residential sections near U Street and Howard University expanded. In 1948 the Supreme Court declared racial covenants unenforceable.
Racial change is never permanent, though. In 1956, when Lily Jones and her family moved to Hobart Place, she founded a few white neighbors: “When We moved in, ” recalled Jones, “they moved out.” In her time on Hobart Place, Jones saw Latino families come and go, and
This block's best-kept secret may be its tiny “Pocket parks.” Responding to requests from Hobart Place Block Club, Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, added Hobart Place's existing parks to her campaign to beautify Washington. Local philanthropists Carmen and David Lloyd Kreeger funded the work.
This house is a mansion…
This house holds the key to the future
and the majesty of the past…
This house has seen its share of ups and downs,
but year after year it stands stronger than before.
This house is a fortress.
This house is love.
This house is family
-- Maya Alston, granddaughter of Lily Johnson.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 14.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Avenue / Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.65′ N, 77° 1.496′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Hobart Place Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Treat Me Refined" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Girard Street Elites (approx. 0.2 miles away); Along the "Nile Valley" (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Along the "Nile Valley" (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Beer Garden to Park View (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Merriweather Home for Children (was approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Nob Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Beyond the Basics (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
Categories. • African Americans • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on July 12, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.