Dupont Circle in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
17th and M Streets, NW
— African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC —
This school, completed in 1872, was one of three public elementary schools built for DC's black children just after the Civil War. Its name honors U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, who fought to abolish slavery here, pay black soldiers the same as whites, establish the Freedman's Bureau, and provide education to all children. Designed by Adolf Cluss, Sumner opened as the city's most modern school building. After it closed in 1978, Sumner School was saved from demolition through an organized community effort. Today it serves as a museum on public education and the repository of the DC Public School System's official archives.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 38° 54.356′ N, 77° 2.298′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in Dupont Circle. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 17th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nuns of the Battlefield (about 500 feet away); Daniel Webster Memorial (about 600 feet away); The Elliott Coues House (about 600 feet away); General Federation of Women’s Clubs (about 600 feet away); Admiral Miguel Grau (about 700 feet away); William Howard Taft (about 700 feet away); Winfield Scott (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northwest Washington.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a photograph of a classroom captioned, Sewing class in a DC public elementary school, around 1899. From the Francis Benjamin Johnson Collection, Library of Congress.
Also see . . . Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, African American Heritage Trail. Cultural Tourism DC website entry (Submitted on June 18, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,950 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on July 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. 7. submitted on May 22, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 8. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.