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Sterling A. Brown Residence

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

— 1222 Kearny Street, NE —

 
Sterling A. Brown Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 22, 2017
1. Sterling A. Brown Residence Marker
Inscription.  Sterling Brown (1901-1989) was a central figure of the New Negro Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s and the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and '70s. Brown's work includes Southern Road (1932), The Negro in American Fiction (1937), and Negro Poetry and Drama (1937). He edited Negro Caravan, a groundbreaking 1941 anthology. In 1984 he became the city's first poet laureate.

A graduate of Dunbar High School, Williams College, and Harvard University, Brown taught in Howard University's English Department for 40 years. His students, including Stokely Carmichael, fondly remembered late-night discussions with Brown here on Kearney Street, the home-turned-salon he shared with wife Daisy Turnbull.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series lists.
 
Location. 38° 
Sterling A. Brown Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 22, 2017
2. Sterling A. Brown Residence Marker
55.842′ N, 76° 59.385′ W. Marker is in Brookland in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Kearny Street Northeast east of 12th Street Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1222 Kearny Street Northeast, Washington DC 20017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Poet's House (here, next to this marker); The Jackson H. Gerhart House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robert Clifton Weaver Residence Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Bunker Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charles Richard Drew Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone Straw Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Bunker Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lois Mailou Jones Residence (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookland.
 
More about this marker.
Image caption:
Sterling Brown at home.
Moorland-Springarn Research Center, Howard University
 
Also see . . .  Sterling A. Brown Residence, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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