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Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce Residence

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

— 2010 R Street, Northwest —

 
Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2018
1. Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce Residence Marker
Inscription.  Senator Blanche Kelso Bruce (1841-1898) and his wife Josephine Beall Willson Bruce (1853-1923), leaders of Washington's “aristocrats of color,” lived here from 1890 to 1898. Born in Virginia, Blanche escaped slavery during the Civil War, attended Oberlin College, and became the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate (1874 — 1880), representing Mississippi. Later he was appointed DC recorder of deeds and register of the U.S. Treasury. Josephine helped found the National Association of Colored Women and the Book Lovers Club, which organized the city's first YWCA. After Blanche's death she served as lady principal of Tuskegee Institute.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansGovernment & PoliticsWomen. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail series list.
 
Location. 38° 54.752′ N, 77° 2.752′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle
Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2018
2. Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce Residence Marker
2010 R Street Northwest
in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from R Street Northwest west of Connecticut Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2010 R 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. From 1890 to 1910 (within shouting distance of this marker); Connecticut Ave. from Lafayette Square to Ashmead Place (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fraser Mansion (about 300 feet away); 2019 Q Street NW (about 500 feet away); Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (about 600 feet away); Excerpt from Walt Whitman's "The Dresser" (1865 version) and "We Embrace" by E. Ethelbert Miller (about 700 feet away); Cosmos Club (about 700 feet away); Indonesian Embassy / Walsh-McLean Mansion (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
 
Also see . . .
1. Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce. African American Heritage Trail, Cultural Tourism DC. (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Blanche Kelso Bruce. (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2018
3. Blanche K. Bruce and Josephine Beall Willson Bruce Residence Marker
Hon. Blanche Kelso Bruce of Mississippi 1884 by John Wesley Cromwell image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Hon. Blanche Kelso Bruce of Mississippi 1884 by John Wesley Cromwell
Josephine Beall Willson Bruce image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2018
5. Josephine Beall Willson Bruce
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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