Atlas District in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Brickyards to Buildings
Hub, Home, Heart
— Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —
The streets to your right predate Trinidad's rowhouses. Around 1900 John Fisher operated a wholesale candy business in his home at 1008 Florida Avenue. Sons John and Edward Fisher continued the family business which lasted until 1941
The Arthur Nock family owned the large house nearby at 1001 K Street. After hardware salesman Arthur died in 1930, his widow Louise took in boarders. During the Great Depression (1929-1941), hungry drifters alerted by a mark on the back door left by an earlier hobo, knew to knock for something to eat.
Between 1945 and 1960, many white Washingtonians left the city. Some wanted newer, suburban-style housing. Others,
Construction foreman Charles "Bob" Martin and family moved to Trinidad Avenue in 1948, and railroad dining car steward Joseph Strowder and his wife Korea arrived on Queen Street in 1950. They joined other newcomers to create community, leading DC's first African American Campfire Girls, a Boy Scout troop, the Trinidad Drum and Bugle Corps, and Mount Olivet Heights Civic Association.
To reach Sign 10, proceed on Florida Avenue, turn right on 13th Street, and then turn left on H Street.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce • Notable Places • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Greater H Street Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 54.217′ N, 76° 59.555′ W. Marker is in the Atlas District in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Florida Avenue Northeast and 10th Street Northeast, on the right when traveling east on Florida Avenue Northeast. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Education for All (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leonard M. Elstad (about 700 feet away); Laurent Clerc (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chapel Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Miner Gallaudet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Rose Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Life on H Street (approx. ¼ mile away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on February 11, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on October 6, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.