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Barney Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Seafarers Yacht Club

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

— 1950 M Street, SE —

 
Seafarers Yacht Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 7, 2015
1. Seafarers Yacht Club Marker
Inscription.  The Seafarers Yacht Club is the oldest African American boat club on the East Coast. It was founded in 1945 by Lewis T. Green, Sr., a vocational arts teacher in the DC Public Schools who built boats as a hobby. Needing a dock, he contacted the U.S. Department of the Interior about renting this site but was ignored until Mary McCleod Bethune and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt intervened. Members of "Green's" Boat Yard (later, "Seafarers"') improved the marshy land, built docks and a clubhouse. The club also promoted boating safety and community service. The annual Anacostia River Cleanup Day evolved from efforts started by the Seafarers in 1985.
 
Erected 2003 by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail series list.
 
Location. 38° 52.757′ N, 76° 58.465′ W. Marker is in Barney Circle
Seafarers Yacht Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 26, 2019
2. Seafarers Yacht Club Marker
Marker is on the fence in front of the building.
in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on M Street Southeast east of Water Street Southeast, on the right when traveling east. The marker is on the fence outside the Seafarers Yacht Club compound where M Street narrows to one lane and may not be passable farther to the northeast. CSX freight trains pass to the north. Automobile parking at all marinas on the river are apparently reserved for "members only". Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1950 M Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leonard P. Matlovich (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benjamin Franklin McAlwee (approx. ¼ mile away); Congressional Cemetery Government Lots (approx. ¼ mile away); Levi Casey (approx. ¼ mile away); Pushmataha (approx. ¼ mile away); Elbridge Gerry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Uriah Tracy (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Smilie (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barney Circle.
 
More about this marker.
[Caption:]
Boats moored at the Seafarers Yacht Club, 1970.
Seafarers Yacht Club

 
Also see . . .  Seafarers: Our Place on the River. (Submitted on October 9, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
The Seafarers' club house and picnic area image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 7, 2015
3. The Seafarers' club house and picnic area
The Seafarers Yacht Club marina - off the Anacostia River image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 7, 2015
4. The Seafarers Yacht Club marina - off the Anacostia River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 8, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on October 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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