Deanwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Shaping Strong Minds
A Self-Reliant People
— Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail —
In 1907, when Deanwood's African American children needed a school close to home, city officials decided to place a public elementary here. Snowden Ashford (1866-1927), the District's inspector of buildings, designed the original four-room schoolhouse in the Renaissance style. Distinguished educator Francis L. Cardozo, Jr., served as principal and oversaw the addition of four rooms, two annexes, a gym, a kindergarten, and a night school.
Deanwood Elementary also attracted children from nearby Maryland suburbs. With some teachers living in the area, all students received lessons well beyond the traditional reading, writing, and arithmetic. They developed a pride in their country, community, and race. During World War II (1941-1945) students purchased war bonds and a Jeep to support the troops. Deanwood Elementary was renamed George Washington Carver to honor the black botanist and educator (1864-1943) shortly after his death. In 1968, during the disturbances that followed the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Carver parents safely smuggled white teachers in the trunks of their cars to teachers'
The larger Deanwood community also shaped the young. James "Sleepy" Harrison, who played basketball for the local recreation center team, later coached and mentored other athletes. Dave Bing played for Harrison, and went on to star at Spingarn High School and then for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets, and Boston Celtics.
Several years after a 1961 fire, Carver's oldest section was razed and replaced. The school closed in 1988, reopening 11 years later as the IDEA Public Charter School.
Erected 2009 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Sports • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 54.223′ N, 76° 56.25′ W. Marker is in Deanwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 45th Street Northeast 0.1 miles north of Sheriff Road Northeast, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1027 45th St NE, 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. Shopping on Sheriff (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Designed to Compete (approx. 0.2 miles away); With These Hands100 Years of Afro-American History (approx. ¼ mile away); “What Magic Has Been Wrought Here” (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Gardens to Garden Apartments (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eastland Gardens (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Whirl on the Ferris Wheel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deanwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.