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

Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

—1901-1903 Seventh Street, NW —

 
Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
1. Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Marker
Inscription.  The Southern Aid Society, one of the nation's oldest black insurance companies, opened this building as its headquarters in 1921. At the street level it housed the Dunbar Theatre, a popular movie house owned by the Murray family. Offices occupied the second floor, and apartments the third. The building's architect, Isaiah T. Hatton, graduated from M Street High School in 1905, then studied steam engineering and worked as a draftsman in the office of architect William Sidney Pittman. Hatton also designed the Whitelaw Hotel (1839 13th Street, NW), the Industrial Savings Bank (12th and U streets), the Murray Palace Casino (918 U Street), and a number of churches and private residences.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.946′ N, 77° 1.311′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street Northwest and T Street Northwest on 7th Street Northwest. Touch for map
Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
2. Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1903 7th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armed Resistance (within shouting distance of this marker); The Howard Theatre Walk of Fame (within shouting distance of this marker); Howard Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Howard Theatre Walk of Fame (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (about 300 feet away); The Flower Garden of Washington (about 500 feet away); Grief Turns to Anger (about 600 feet away); Griffith Stadium (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
Marshall Murray<br>in front of his Dunbar Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
3. Marshall Murray
in front of his Dunbar Theatre
Close-up of photo on marker
Scurlock Studios
1893 - Southern Aid Society of Virginia - 1920 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
4. 1893 - Southern Aid Society of Virginia - 1920
Dunbar Theater Sign image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
5. Dunbar Theater Sign
Dunbar Theater Marquee image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
6. Dunbar Theater Marquee
Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
7. Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Building
Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
8. Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society Building
Doorway image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
9. Doorway
Southern Aid Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
10. Southern Aid Building
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 27, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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