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The Dupont Circle area has always been

Dupont Circle

 

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By Devry Becker Jones, January 13, 2018
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Fire Fact, Sunday February 7, 1904
Great Baltimore Fire, several DC fire companies answered Baltimore Chief's urgent telegram, "Desperate fire here. Must have help at once." DC, responding by railway flatcar, was accompanied by New York City, Philadelphia and other cities.

The Dupont Circle area has always been racially and economically mixed. The Dupont Circle Citizens Association, predominantly white established in 1922, and the Midway Civic Association, predominantly black established in 1939, served their communities with overlapping boundaries. Among the area's eminent African Americans was Dr. Laura Killingsworth, a gynecologist, who lived in the 1500 block of S St. Barred from practicing medicine in all but the Freedman's Hospital and some small clinics, Dr. Killingsworth operated a clinic for black women at 13th and T Sts.

Nearby at 1530 15th St. (left), stands the modest home of noted African American artist and teacher, Alma Woodsey Thomas, who lived there from 1907 to 1978. In 1987 the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fire alarm boxes such
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as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Telegraphs transmitted the box number (top) to a fire alarm center. This system was used until the 1970s when the boxes were converted to a telephone system. By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced by the 911 system was abandoned.


Artist, Eric B. Ricks
Originally from Liberia, West Africa and currently living in Dupont Circle, Ricks is a self-taught artist experienced in many art forms such as photography, painting, bookbinding, clothing and handbag design. His work is "a form of self expression that allows communication without words."
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducationWomen. In addition, it is included in the DC, Art on Call series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 7, 1904.
 
Location. 38° 54.709′ N, 77° 2.075′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street Northwest and Corcoran Street Northwest on 15th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1618 15th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
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line); Alma Thomas Residence (about 400 feet away); Thomas Family Home (about 400 feet away); Advancing the Race (about 500 feet away); Bishop's Gate Condominium (about 600 feet away); St. Luke's Episcopal Church / Alexander Crummel (about 600 feet away); See You at the Center (about 600 feet away); The Hawarden (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
 
More about this marker.
[Caption on marker:] Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire Museaum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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