Southwest Federal Center in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Dominic Church: Community Anchor
River Farms to Urban Towers
— Southwest Heritage Trail —
Behind you stands St. Dominic Church, established 1852. It anchors the city's only Dominican parish and is its sixth oldest Catholic church. St. Dominic's survived two upheavals — a fire in 1885 and the threat of urban renewal in the 1950s (thanks to friends in Congress — to prevail as a spiritual and community center. Throughout the 1800s it ministered to farmers, slaves, free blacks, and Irish, German, and Italian immigrants as well as native-born government workers and members of Congress. Since urban renewal, it has served its newest neighbors. This Gothic style structure was dedicated in 1875.
The famous and the humble have sought spiritual comfort at St. Dominic's, from newly freed slaves during the Civil War to former Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Actress Helen Hayes, born and raised in Southwest, sang in the church choir. And Washington Senators star pitcher Walter Johnson headlined the church's annual parade in 1937.
Neighbors of all faiths have appreciated St. Dominic's. "The whole neighborhood would go to the carnival with its bright lights," recalled Larry Rosen who
Erected 2004 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Southwest Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
Location. 38° 52.999′ N, 77° 1.295′ W. Marker is in Southwest Federal Center in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of E Street Southwest and 7th Street Southwest on E Street Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 7th Street Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memorial Tree Planting (about 600 feet away); The Oklahoma City Bombing (about 600 feet away); Equality in Public Education (about 800 feet away); Dr. Dorothy Height (approx. 0.2 miles away); Can you identify these famous Civil Rights leaders? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Banneker Circle: Vista to the Past (approx. ¼ mile away); Renewal and Loss (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest Federal Center.
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