U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sailors / With Freedom Came the Greater YOU
African descent sailors served in an integrated navy as boys, landsmen, stewards, cooks, seamen, firemen, pilots, navigators, and engineer officers.
The Greater YOU Street Community was created by the self-emancipated. Its past and present represents the best of American possibilities.
Erected by African American Civil War Museum.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
Location. 38° 54.985′ N, 77° 1.516′ W. Marker is in U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Vermont Avenue Northwest south of U Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1939 Vermont Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community (here, next to this marker); Musicians / With Freedom Came Their Businesses (a few steps from this marker); Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons (a few steps from this marker); Cavalry / With Freedom Came Their Schools (a few steps from this marker); Infantry / With Freedom Came Their Churches (a few steps from this marker); African American Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named African American Civil War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evans-Tibbs House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in U Street Corridor.
More about this marker. [Caption from the front of the marker:]
African American Civil War Museum
(Captions on reverse, clockwise from top left)
The Lincoln Theater and Ben's Chili Bowl have helped make U Street a destination for visitors from across the globe.
Standing next to the African American Civil War Memorial at Vermont Avenue and U Street, you can see church steeples above what was once Camp Barker, a Civil War freedmen's village.
Howard University has become a major research institution. Founders Library is also the home of the Moorland-Spingran Research Center.
Though many of the businesses that served the African American community from the 1920s to 1950s have closed their doors, Industrial Bank still serves the banking needs of the community.
Lee's forest has been on the corner of 11th and U Since 1945.
The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club honors African American veterans annually on Memorial Day at the African American Civil War Memorial.
During the 1968 civil disturbances, Peoples Drug Store and the Booker T. Washington Theater were severely damaged and ultimately demolished. This site was a vacant lot for decades. Today, the Reeves Center stands at 14th and U.
The True Reformer Building was dedicated in 1903. Today, it is the national headquarters of the Public Welfare Foundation.
Also see . . . African American Civil War Memorial & Museum. (Submitted on February 6, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.