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

T Street Elites

Worthy Ambitions

 

—LeDroit Park/Bloomington Heritage Trail —

 
T Street Elites Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
1. T Street Elites Marker
Inscription. The Roster of LeDroit Park's accomplished African Americans is long. Consider these prominent Washingtonians who lived on T Street.

Walter E. Washington and his wife, Bennetta Bullock Washington, lived with her family at 408 T Street. Mrs. Washington's father was the Reverend George Bullock. President Lyndon Johnson appointed Walter Washington DC mayor-commissioner in 1967. Eight years later, with the return of limited Home Rule to DC, he took office as the city's first elected mayor since 1871. Bennetta Washington received her Ph.D. in 1939 and was a nationally recognized expert on the impact of poverty on education and employment.

Robert H. and Mary Church Terrell moved to their second LeDroit Park home, half of a double house ate at 326 T Street, in 1899. Robert Terrell, a Harvard graduate, became DC's first black Municipal Court judge in 1902. Mary Terrell, the National Association of Colored Women's first president, was instrumental in desegregating Washington. The 1953 Supreme Court decision to uphold 80-year-old laws guaranteeing equal access to restaurants, stores, and other public facilities resulted from a lawsuit initiated by Mary Terrell and fellow activists.

Colonel West Alexander Hamilton, a commander of the all-black 366th Infantry in World War II, lived at 413 T Street. He later fought
The Washingtons and Family image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
2. The Washingtons and Family
Mayor Walter Washington, third from left, and Bennetta Bullock Washington, fifth from left, with her family at their 408 T Street home, around 1946.
Close-up of photo on the reverse of marker
for school desegregation during two decades of service on DC's Board of Education.

Equally distinguished was Dr. Ernest Everett Just, a pioneering cell biologist at Howard University who lived at 412 T Street with his family. Dr. Just's Howard University colleague Dr. Charles Sumner Syphax, a mathematics professor and descendant of Martha Washington's nephew, lived with his family at 315, then 414, and later at 313 T Street.
 
Erected 2015 by Cultural Tourism, DC. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 38° 54.955′ N, 77° 1.079′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on T Street Northwest when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 417 T Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willis Richardson Residence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site (about 500 feet away); Best in the Country (about 500 feet away); A Voice from the South (about 600 feet away); The Flower Garden of Washington (about 600 feet away); Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85
The Washingtons image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
3. The Washingtons
Walter and Bennetta Bullock Washington in front of her family home, 1971.
Close-up of photo on marker
(about 700 feet away); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (about 800 feet away); Howard Theatre (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
 
Categories. African AmericansMan-Made Features
 
Terrell House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
4. Terrell House
When this photo was made in 1979, only the Terrell house half of the former duplex remained. Its twin had burned to the ground years earlier. In 2013 Howard University was restoring the house to create a museum.
Close-up of photo on marker
Mary Church Terrell image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
5. Mary Church Terrell
Photographed around the time she moved to LeDroit Park.
Close-up of photo on marker
Judge Robert Terrell image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
6. Judge Robert Terrell
Around 1927.
Close-up of photo on marker
Colonel West Alexander image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
7. Colonel West Alexander
Close-up of photo on marker
Dr. Ernest Everett Just image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
8. Dr. Ernest Everett Just
In his Howard University laboratory, 1916.
Close-up of photo on marker
Dr. Charles Sumner Syphax image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
9. Dr. Charles Sumner Syphax
A Howard University mathematics professor.
Close-up of photo on marker
Walter and Bennetta Washington House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
10. Walter and Bennetta Washington House
408 T Street
Walter and Bennetta Washington House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
11. Walter and Bennetta Washington House
W. H. Bullock M.D. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
12. W. H. Bullock M.D.
at 408 T Street
Mary and Robert Terrell House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
13. Mary and Robert Terrell House
326 T Street
Half Gable image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
14. Half Gable
326 T Street
The Terrell house is vacant and is listed as one of Washington's most endangered places.
Robert and Mary Church Terrell House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
15. Robert and Mary Church Terrell House
This home was the residence of Mary Church Terrell, the first African American female school board member in the United States, and Robert T. Terrell, the first African American municipal judge in the District of Columbia.
Mrs. Mary Church Terrell image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress (Chronicling America)
16. Mrs. Mary Church Terrell
President of the National Association of Colored Women. Her Address on “Woman Suffage” the Hit of the Recent Gathering of America's Brainiest Women.

This picture appeared in The Colored American, Feb. 17, 1900.
Prof. Robert H. Terrell image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress (Chronicling America)
17. Prof. Robert H. Terrell
This picture appeared in The Washington Bee May 6, 1999, when Robert Terrell became the Principal of the M Street High School.
512 T Street (on the left) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
18. 512 T Street (on the left)
Home of Ernest Everett Just
413 T Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
19. 413 T Street
Home of Colonel West Alexander Hamilton
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. submitted on August 14, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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