Mahaning Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
"We're Not Forgotten"
A Self-Reliant People
— Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail —
In the early 1970s, brightly painted shops and markets operated here. Yet the nearby junkyard, numerous boarded-up buildings, vacant lots, and electric power plant smokestacks gave the area a bleak feeling. Many local merchants and residents, unable to attract support of area banks, believed that city officials would never show interest in this long-neglected section of the city.
Things changed when the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority began construction on Metro's Orange Line, linking Vienna, Virginia, with New Carrollton, Maryland, through here. Deanwood stood to benefit from
The Metro station was once the site of Benning Elementary School, established in 1883 for the area's white children under the city's segregated public school system. The school closed in 1952 and stood empty for many years.
Erected 2009 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 15.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Forts and Castles • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Defenses of Washington, and the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail series lists.
Location. 38° 53.899′ N, 76° 56.787′ W. Marker is in Mahaning Heights in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue Northeast and Grant Street Northeast, on the left when traveling south on Minnesota Avenue Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4121 Minnesota Avenue Northeast, Washington DC 20019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other From Gambling to Garden Apartments (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mayfair Mansions / Albert I. Cassell (approx. ¼ mile away); “What Magic Has Been Wrought Here” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Mahan (approx. 0.3 miles away); 100 Years of Afro-American History (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eastland Gardens (approx. 0.4 miles away); Designed to Compete (approx. half a mile away); Shaping Strong Minds (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mahaning Heights.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.