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

With These Hands

A Self-Reliant People

 

— Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail —

 
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
1. With These Hands Marker
Inscription.  Up the Hill to your left are several signature handcrafted houses, Beginning in the late 1800s, Deanwood attracted skilled black migrants, who freely passed on their know-how.

In the 1920s Jacob and Randolph Dodd built about 50 structures in Deanwood, including numbers 906, 910, 920, 925, 928, and 929 48th Street. They bought lots or built on those owned by white developers, often to designs of Lewis W. Giles, Sr. Randolph Dodd regularly trained, hired, and aided Deanwood's craftsmen. To save money, the Dodds installed windows only in the front and back of the houses. Owners sometimes cut side windows later.

Louis Jasper Logan worked as a brick mason and general contractor in DC, building homes for his family at 4905 Meade Street and 1000 48th Place. According to the family, Logan arrived from North Carolina in the 1920s with training from North Carolina A&T, “a peanut crop, and $100 in this pocket.” Logan parlayed these into success, “led a humble life, yet died a millionaire” known for his generosity.

Edward L. Wright of 47th Place, another self-sufficient craftsman, built Deanwood's
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
2. With These Hands Marker (reverse)
first television set, trained other to make TVs and broadcast and citizen band radios. Andrew Turner's mechanical aptitude led him to become a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. Neighbors still remember the day he made a detour to fly over the neighborhood.

As you walk along Sheriff Road to Sign 9, note that road grading that took place years after the houses were built left some of the houses far below or above street level.
 
Erected 2009 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureSettlements & SettlersWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail series list.
 
Location. 38° 54.166′ N, 76° 56.021′ W. Marker is in Deanwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 48th Street Northeast and Sheriff Road Northeast, on the right when traveling north on 48th Street Northeast. Marker is in the side yard of 4803 Sheriff Road Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4803 Sheriff Road Northeast, Washington DC 20019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Gardens to Garden Apartments (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shopping on Sheriff (approx. 0.2
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
3. With These Hands Marker
miles away); Shaping Strong Minds (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Whirl on the Ferris Wheel (approx. ¼ mile away); Lederer Gardens (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Rural to Residential (approx. 0.3 miles away); Designed to Compete (approx. 0.3 miles away); National Training School for Women and Girls / Nannie Helen Burroughs (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deanwood.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Self-Reliant People. Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail, Cultural Tourism DC. (Submitted on March 14, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Jacob Dodd-built houses, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
3. Randolph Dodd Home, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, July 4, 2019
4. With These Hands Marker
Edward L. Wright in his electronics workshop on 47th Place image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
5. Edward L. Wright in his electronics workshop on 47th Place
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Cabin Cruiser image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
6. Cabin Cruiser
Wright shows granddaughter Angelique the cabin cruiser he built in his back yard around 1955.
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Captain Andrew D. Turner image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
7. Captain Andrew D. Turner
Tuskegee Airman pilot Andrew D. Turner who grew up at 1000 Westford Pl.(now 47th St.)
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Diane Turner image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
8. Diane Turner
Diane Turner at play near her family's home, 1023 49th St., a Giles-designed house constructed by the Dodd brothers on Dodd land.
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
9. Odie House
This brick house, was built about 1960 at 4601 Jay St. by Odie Williams, Sr. pictured here with wife Virginia.
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
10. 1009 46th Street
Louis Jasper Logan built this apartment house at 1009 46th St.
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Louis Jasper Logan and His Wife Ruth Logan image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
11. Louis Jasper Logan and His Wife Ruth Logan
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Dodd Brother's Houses image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
12. Dodd Brother's Houses
The Dodd brother's houses at 906 and 910 48th St. can be found across Sheriff Rd. to your left.
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
13. You Are Here
Please Note: Sign 1 is located at Division Avenue an Foote Street. To follow the trail, we recommend that you take Metrobus U8 (toward Capital Heights) to the stop at Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue and Division Avenue, then turn right on Division Avenue and walk one block to sign 1. The Trail ends at Minnesota Avenue Metrorail Station.
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
14. Nannie Helen Burroughs
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1116-1/2 48th Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
15. 1116-1/2 48th Street
These two photos taken in 1945 and 2008 (inset) show the Randolph-Dodd-built house at 1116-1/2 48th St., 1-1/2 block to your right.
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1116-1/2 48th Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
16. 1116-1/2 48th Street
928 48th Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
17. 928 48th Street
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By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
18. 926 48th Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 449 times since then. Last updated on July 21, 2020, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on July 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. submitted on March 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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