Judiciary Square in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chief Justice John Marshall
Civil War to Civil Rights
— Downtown Heritage Trail —
John Marshall Park replaced John Marshall Place (originally 4½ Street), a few blocks of small shops and law offices that once linked Washington's first City Hall/Courthouse with Pennsylvania Avenue.
The monumental buildings and sweeping views here along Pennsylvania Avenue are the result of city planner Peter C. (a.k.a. Pierre) L'Enfant's grand 1791 vision for the Nation's Capital. But in the early 1800s, when Congress met only a few months annually, this stretch of Washington's main street was known as "Hash Row," lined with boarding houses and hotels serving members of Congress and individuals doing business
A number of photographers recorded city business and ceremonial life here as well. C.M. Bell's studio of the late 1800s rivaled Mathew Brady's for portraits of Washington notables and distinguished visitors. Bell became known especially for photographing hundreds of American Indians in town for treaty negotiations.
To reach Sign e.2 at the corner of Sixth Street and Indiana Avenue, please proceed north along the John Marshall Park walkway past the statue of Marshall by William Wetmore Story,then turn left on C Street and right on Sixth.
The Civil War (1861 - 1865) transformed Washington, DC from a muddy backwater to a center of national power. Ever since, the city has been at the heart of the continuing struggle to realize fully the ideas for which the war was fought. The 25 signs that mark this trail follow the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Clara Barton, Frederick Douglas, and others, famous and humble, who shaped a nation and its capital city while living and working in historic downtown DC.
Civil War to Civil Rights Downtown Heritage Trail is an Official Washington, DC Walking Trail. The self-guided tour consists of three distinct loops: West, Center, and East.
A free booklet capturing the trail's highlights is available at local businesses and institutions along the way. To download the free Civil War to Civil Rights Audio Tour, and learn about other DC neighborhoods, please visit www.CuturalTourismDC.org.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number e.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Downtown Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.541′ N, 77° 1.073′ W. Marker is in Judiciary Square, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Constitution Avenue Northwest (Alternate U.S. 1) west of 4th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Located at the southwest edge of John Marshall Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 Constitution Avenue Northwest, 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. Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC (within shouting distance of this marker); John Marshall (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington City Spring (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Avenue (about 400 feet away); Trylon of Freedom (about 400 feet away); Major General George G. Meade Memorial Andrew W. Mellon (about 500 feet away); The National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Judiciary Square.
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