Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battleground to Community
— Brightwood Heritage Trail —
The School Building Just Ahead of You Opened In 1912 as the Military Road School, the area's third public elementary for African Americans. For decades it was the only public school serving black children in Upper Northwest and nearby Maryland.
The School gave students "the tools to be successful" recalled Patricia Tyson, a student in the 1950s. Teachers required good behavior, good grammar, and respect for the historic contributions of black Americans. Tyson traveled from Montgomery County, Maryland, to attend. Her father, a military Road school alumnus, paid 62 cents a day for the privilege.
The Italian Renaissance style school, designed by Snowden Ashford, held four classrooms. After the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawed school segregation, the Military Road School closed, and many of the students were moved to Brightwood Elementary. In 2003 the Military Road School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2007 re-opened as the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School.
The original portion of Brightwood Elementary, across
The Queen Anne style house behind you is one of Brightwood's oldest. It was moved back on its lot in 1933 when Military Road (now Missouri Avenue) was widened and straightened. Owner George Lightfoot, a professor of Latin at Howard University from 1891 until 1939, often entertained W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter Woodson, and other African American intellectuals here.
Erected 2008 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Architecture • Education • Women. In addition, it is included in the Brightwood Heritage Trail, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 38° 57.716′ N, 77° 1.898′ W. Marker is in BrightwoodTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1330 Missouri Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Road School (within shouting distance of this marker); An African American Enclave (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aunt Betty's Story (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Build It And They Will Come (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Get Down You Fool” (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crossroads Create Community (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
Also see . . .
1. Military Road School, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 17, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. George M. Lightfoot Residence, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on February 6, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,154 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 19, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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