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

Squares 336, 337 & 364

 
 
Squares 336, 337 & 364 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 24, 2022
1. Squares 336, 337 & 364 Marker
Inscription.  
The city blocks occupied by today's Benjamin Banneker Academic High School trace their origins to the earliest plans for the nation's capital. Although the surrounding streets appear on the first maps drawn in 1791, the area was sparsely developed before the Civil war. By the 1880s, the three blocks designated as Squares 336, 337 and 364 contained row houses typical of the period. In the 1960s, urban renewal plans called for buildings and property to be taken by eminent domain. These plans resulted in a portion of the properties to be set aside for the construction of a junior high school and playground. As part of the development of the school and recreation area in the 1970s, 10th St., NW was closed to create a superblock.

"On record now,
thy name's enrolled,
and future
ages will be
told, there
lived a man
called
Banneker,

An African
Astronomer!"
—An Address to Benjamin Banneker, an African Astronomer, who Presented the Author with a Manuscript Almanac in 1796 [Poem by Susanna Mason, 1796]

 
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is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAir & SpaceArts, Letters, MusicEducationRoads & VehiclesScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1791.
 
Location. 38° 54.681′ N, 77° 1.531′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in Shaw. Marker is at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29) and 10th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west on Rhode Island Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 982 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Planning the Federal City (here, next to this marker); Benjamin Banneker - A Man of Science (a few steps from this marker); The City & The Stars (a few steps from this marker); The Almanac of 1792 / The Naming of a Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); The Evolution of a Neighborhood / Shaw, U Street, and Black Culture
Squares 336, 337 & 364 Marker [Reverse] image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 24, 2022
2. Squares 336, 337 & 364 Marker [Reverse]
(within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Street Gateway (within shouting distance of this marker); Shaw Junior High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Banneker Academic High School (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northwest Washington.
 
Markers on the grounds of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School from the north image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 24, 2022
3. Markers on the grounds of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School from the north
Markers on the grounds of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School from the south image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 24, 2022
4. Markers on the grounds of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School from the south
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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