Buena Vista in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An East-of-the River View
— Anacostia Heritage Trail —
Education occurred regardless. Before 1889, African American children here attended the Hillsdale School, which was sponsored by the Freedmen's Bureau and built by Barry Farm residents in 1871. And before that, children attended privately run schools, including the Mount Zion School (later the Howard School) on Douglass Road.
When a third Birney School opened at 2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in 1950, students filled their wagons with supplies and moved them from the old classrooms to the new. This building briefly housed the first junior high for African Americans this side of the river. At the same time, the new Sousa Junior High for white children opened on Ely Place, SE. When black children
Until Anacostia Junior-Senior High School opened at 16th and R Streets, SE, in 1935, white Anacostia teenagers attended schools across the river. African American children continued to cross the river for high school until schools were desegregated in 1954 and Anacostia High School admitted all.
Erected 2013 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Architecture • Education. In addition, it is included in the Anacostia Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 51.722′ N, 76° 59.598′ W. Marker is in Buena Vista in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast north of Howard Road Southeast, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nichols Avenue Elementary School/Old Birney School Site (within shouting distance of this marker); A Museum for the Community (about 300 feet away, measured A Navy Town (about 400 feet away); Faith and Action (about 400 feet away); Roads That Divide (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crossing Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barry Farm Dwellings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buena Vista.
Also see . . .
1. Hillsdale School, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Nichols Avenue Elementary School/Old Birney School. African American Heritage Trail (Submitted on January 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
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