Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pitts Motor Hotel
— Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Despite Dr. King's 1968 assassination, the Poor People's Campaign went ahead. Demonstrators maintained that jobs and income were a civil right owed to the needy citizens by the federal government. In May and June thousands camped in "Resurrection City" on the National Mall where, due to excessive rain, conditions deteriorated quickly. Resentful campers marched on the Pitts where the leaders were housed, demanding (unsuccessfully) that the leaders exchange their comforts for the muddy Mall.
In its heyday the Pitts Motel housed the Red Carpet Lounge. "Everybody would be there" remembered activist Bob Moore. But its popularity masked an unstable financial situation. Owner Cornelius
Erected 2009 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #40 Ronald Reagan series lists.
Location. 38° 55.229′ N, 77° 2.082′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street Northwest and Belmont Street Northwest on 15th Street Northwest. The marker is below the balustrade at the end of Belmont street at its intersection with 15th street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2319 15th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerBuchanan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fedora (within shouting distance of this marker); College Hill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); An American Meridian (about 500 feet away); Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (about 500 feet away); Art for the People (about 600 feet away); James Buchanan (about 600 feet away); A Gathering Place for Washingtonians (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,853 times since then and 249 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 10, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.