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Lamond Riggs in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

WOOK-TV Building

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

— 5321 First Place, NE —

 
WOOK-TV Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2017
1. WOOK-TV Building Marker
Marker on the West side of the building.
Inscription.  
WOOK-TV, on the air from 1963 to 1972, was the first "all-Negro" television station in the nation. White founder Richard Eaton also started its predecessor, WOOK-Radio, in 1947 in the nation's first "Negro-oriented" radio station. Viewers fondly remember Teenarama Dance Party, DC's first black teen dance show. Hosted by Bob King, Teenarama aired from 5 to 6 pm Monday through Saturday, from 1963 to 1971 (and before that on WOOK-Radio). It featured hand dancing, DC's unique form of swing. The Temptations, Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and many other performers often dropped by Teenarama while in town to appear at the Howard Theatre.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
 
Location.
WOOK-TV Building with Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2017
2. WOOK-TV Building with Marker
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38° 57.306′ N, 77° 0.257′ W. Marker is in Lamond Riggs in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on First Place Northeast south of Riggs Road Northeast, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5321 First Place Northeast, 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. Marlon Francisco Morales (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Those Who Lost Their Lives on June 22, 2009 (approx. ¼ mile away); Legacy Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War Defenses of Washington (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Rock Creek Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Totten (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. half a mile away).
 
More about this marker. The building is currently called Lighthouse Center for Healing. It was formerly the Rape Crisis Center.

Caption from image on marker:
Teenarama Dance Party, 1963.
Courtesy of Beverly Lindsey-Johnson
 
Also see . . .
1. WOOK-TV Building, African American Heritage Trail. Cultural Tourism DC website entry (Submitted on October 13, 2017.) 

2. WOOK-TV (Washington D.C.). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on May 11, 2021.) 
 
WOOK-TV advertisers' promotion image. Click for full size.
via History of UHF Television, unknown
3. WOOK-TV advertisers' promotion
"America's First Negro TV Station"
Inset image. Click for full size.
via Dancing On Air, unknown
4. Inset
Teenarama Dance Party, 1963
(Courtesy of Beverly Lindsey-Johnson)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on January 23, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1. submitted on October 13, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on November 30, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on May 11, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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