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

Howard University

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

— Sixth Street and Howard Place, NW —

 
Howard University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 13, 2008
1. Howard University Marker
Inscription.  Howard University, one of the oldest Black colleges in the United States, was established by Congress in 1866 to educate formerly enslaved individuals. Its name honors Freedman's Bureau Commissioner General Oliver Otis Howard, a member of the white First Congregational Society of Washington, D.C., which originally conceived of the school as a theological seminary to train black ministers. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, who became president in 1926, shaped Howard into a modern institution. The university incubated many of the civil rights successes of the 19th and 20th centuries, and its alumni roster reads like a Who's Who of African Americans.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducationNotable Places. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists.
 
Location. 38° 
Howard University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, January 3, 2006
2. Howard University Marker
Marker is visible on the brick gateway, to the left of the pedestrian entrance. Rankin Chapel is behind the foliage in the background.
55.345′ N, 77° 1.257′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Street Northwest and Howard Place Northwest on 6th Street Northwest. Marker is one block east of Georgia Avenue via Howard Place, at the main (west) gateway to the Rankin Chapel, Founder's Library and the heart of the main campus. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2400 6th Street 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. "Strike!" (a few steps from this marker); Day of Honor 2000 (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew F. Hilyer Residence Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tau Beta Pi (about 300 feet away); Howard Hall (about 300 feet away); General Oliver O. Howard (about 300 feet away); Phi Beta Sigma (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
 
More about this marker.
Photo caption:
Howard University students in a biology class, 1920s
Howard University Archives.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Howard University. (Submitted on July 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement. (Submitted on July 27, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall, Founders Library. U.S. National Historic Landmark Landmark District. (Submitted on July 27, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Howard University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
3. Howard University Marker
 

4. Albert Cassell, Architect. (Submitted on June 30, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. HBCU, Charles Houston, Thurgood Marshall,General Oliver Otis Howard; Albert_Cassell, architect; HBCUs
 
Founder's Library - National Historic Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 13, 2008
4. Founder's Library - National Historic Landmark
View is eastward from the marker site.
Howard University students in biology class, 1920s image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
5. Howard University students in biology class, 1920s
Close-up of photo on marker
Founders Library Clock Tower image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
6. Founders Library Clock Tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,900 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on June 30, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on July 11, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on July 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on July 5, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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