Atlas District in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Changing Faces of H Street
Hub, Home, Heart
— Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —
Douglas Memorial served a white congregation. But beginning in the 1940s, its members moved away, and the parish dwindled. In 1958 the governing Baltimore Conference assigned a young African American pastor, Forrest C. Stith, to rebuild the congregation. By knocking on doors and reaching out to youth, Stith increased the church's membership from nearly zero to 200 in three years. On 11th Street between I and K, Holy Name Catholic Church experienced the same racial makover.
As these church histories show, well before "white flight" transformed American cities in the 1950s, the face of H Street was changing. Descendants of European immigrant families, thanks to public school education, moved into better-paying professions
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Greater H Street Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 54.018′ N, 76° 59.5′ W. Marker is in the Atlas District in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of H Street Northeast and 11th Street Northeast, on the right when traveling west on H Street Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1033 H Street Northeast, Washington DC 20002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life on H Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Enterprising Families (approx. At the Crossroads (approx. 0.2 miles away); Culture and Commerce (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fires of 1968 (approx. ¼ mile away); Brickyards to Buildings (approx. ¼ mile away); Get Behind the Wheel (approx. ¼ mile away); Mediterranean Imports (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlas District.
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 August 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on February 11, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.