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LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The University Next Door

Worthy Ambition

 

— LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail —

 
The University Next Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 22, 2020
1. The University Next Door Marker
Inscription.  Howard University's Employment, educational, and cultural opportunities have attracted and kept families in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale for generations. Ettyce Hill Moore, a third generation Washingtonian who grew up at 128 V Street in the 1930s and '40s, remembered taking lessons at Howard's Junior Music School, complete with recitals in Rankin Chapel. "People from all over the city would come," she recalled, "and we had to dress in evening gowns." Renowned jazz singer Shirley Horn lived with relatives at 47 R Street to study at the music school. May Miller Sullivan, who grew up in faculty housing here as the daughter of Howard University's Dean Kelly Miller, became a noted playwright and poet.

Howard University also has physically influenced its neighborhood. By the 1970s many early LeDroit Park houses were abandoned in the aftermath of desegregation and the 1968 disturbances following the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The university bought properties with plans to raze them for a hospital expansion. But when LeDroit Park residents sought and won Historic District protection, the university let
The University Next Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 22, 2020
2. The University Next Door Marker
its houses sit neglected. Finally in the 1990s, under pressure from its neighbors and with support from Fannie Mae, the university secured financing to rehabilitate neighborhood housing and help Howard and city employees buy them. Local nonprofits Manna, DC Habitat, and People's Investment Corporation took on similar projects to revive the community.

Howard University Hospital occupies the former site of the Griffith Stadium (1911-1965). The stadium hosted the Homestead Grays, Washington Senators, Washington Redskins, and community events. On a legendary, gusty afternoon in 1953, Mickey Mantle hit a record home run out of the park all the way to Oakdale Place.
 
Erected 2013 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEducationSportsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail series lists.
 
Location. 38° 55.001′ N, 77° 1.118′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street Northwest and U Street Northwest
The University Next Door Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 22, 2020
3. The University Next Door Marker
, on the right when traveling north on 5th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 419 U Street 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. Willis Richardson Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Alice Moore Dunbar [Nelson] and Paul Laurence Dunbar Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); T Street Elites (about 300 feet away); Best in the Country (about 400 feet away); Robert and Mary Church Terrell House (about 600 feet away); The Doctor Is In (about 600 feet away); Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site (about 600 feet away); The Flower Garden of Washington (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on February 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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