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U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons

 
 
Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
1. Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker
Inscription.  
(front)
Artillery

There were thirteen artillery regiments and one independent battery in the Bureau of the United States Colored Troops

(back)
With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons

The oppressive institution of slavery easily concealed the contributions of Africans to American culture. In the century following the abolition of slavery, the cultural contributions to the descendants of Africans became almost impossible to suppress. The Greater YOU Street Corridor became a haven for artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Before the Harlem Renaissance, the corridor had become a sanctuary for African descent artists. YOU Street became nationally known as the "Black Broadway," and its influence resonates in American culture today.
 
Erected by African American Civil War Museum.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEducation
Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
2. Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker
War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
 
Location. 38° 54.986′ N, 77° 1.507′ 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. Located outside the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum. 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. Cavalry / With Freedom Came Their Schools (here, next to this marker); Infantry / With Freedom Came Their Churches (here, next to this marker); Musicians / With Freedom Came Their Businesses (a few steps from this marker); Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community (a few steps from this marker); Sailors / With Freedom Came the Greater YOU (a few steps from this marker); African American Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Scurlock Studio Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named African American Civil War Memorial (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in U Street Corridor.
 
More about this marker. [Caption on front]
Unknown Soldier
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

(Captions on reverse, clockwise from top left)
Inside the Crystal Caverns, which opened in 1926
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Poet Langston Hughes signing an autograph after reading at Howard University in March 1957. To his left is Sterling Brown, poet and head of Howard University English Department.
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Paul Laurence Dunbar, poet and novelist, established a residence in Washington in 1898.
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Newsboys in front of the Howard Theater, 1936
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Jazz pianists Fats Waller (right) with the manager of the Howard Theater, Shep Allen, in 1939
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Professor Kelly Miller, Howard University, argued in 1926 that Washington was the cultural center for African Americans.
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Freedmen's Village, established in the summer of 1862.
Courtesy of the National Archives

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington sitting at a piano in the home of photographer George Scurlock
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


The Lincoln Theatre, 1937
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Billie Holiday and the attractions of U Street in the 1940s
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives

 
Also see . . .  African American Civil War Memorial & Museum
Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
3. Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker
. (Submitted on February 6, 2018.)
 
Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
4. Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker
 
 
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 103 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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