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Park View in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

From Beer Garden to Park View

Lift Every Voice

 

— Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —

 
From Beer Garden to Park View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
1. From Beer Garden to Park View Marker
Inscription.  
"Innumerable colored Chinese lanterns ... shedding that dim uncertain light which is the delight of lovers and the poetry of beer drinking"
— Washington Post, June 1879

Back when this area was open fields, German Americans created an amusement park. Washingtonians flocked to Schuetzen (marksmanship) Park for target shooting, concerts, dancing, bowling, and picnics. The breezy, hilltop beer garden drew hundreds on hot summer nights. The Schuetzen Verein (Marksmanship Society) owned the 12.5-acre park, which stretched roughly from here south to Hobart Street.

For four decades, Arthur E. Smith's Modern Music School of Music offered top-notch instruction to children and adults, first at 749 Park Road and then at 3109 Georgia. Smith trained at DC's Armstrong High School, Howard University, and the Julliard School before founding the school in the mid-1930s. Graduates included jazz saxophonist Charlie Hampton, who led the Howard Theatre's house band in the 1960s.

From 1963 until his death in 1983, Morris Morgan of Morgan's Seafood, 3200 Georgia Avenue, served steamed
From Beer Garden to Park View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
2. From Beer Garden to Park View Marker
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crabs and spiced shrimp to neighborhood regulars and city politicians. Former DC Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis called Morgan "the ombudsman of Georgia Avenue" for 20 years of fostering community connections.

John P. Murchison, Jr., opened Inter-City Mortgage at 3005 Georgia Avenue in 1969 as a pioneering full-service, federally approved African American mortgage lender. With white-owned banks still make homeownership difficult for blacks, the company helped thousands become homeowners.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Avenue / Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1879.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 55.799′ N, 77° 1.409′ W. Marker was in Park View in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker was at the intersection of Georgia Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29) and Kenyon Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue Northwest. The marker is on the southwest corner of Kenyon Street and Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 3130 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Morgan's Seafood image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
3. Morgan's Seafood
Morgan's Seafood is still operated by the Morgan family. Romeo Morgan, the current proprietor, is a founding member of the Georgia Avenue Business Alliance.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Next Wave (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hobart Community Parks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Urban Oasis (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Treat Me Refined" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rose Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins Drew (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Modern Shopper (approx. ¼ mile away); Nob Hill (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Park View.
 
Sharm Morgan image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
4. Sharm Morgan
Sharm Morgan, grand-son of Morris Morgan, shows off Morgan's tee shirt.
The Tee Shirt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
5. The Tee Shirt
The Daughter of Oshun in the New World image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 23, 2013
6. The Daughter of Oshun in the New World
A Mural painted by Joel Bergner in 2008 as part of the Georgia Avenue Mural Project on the side and rear walls of Morgan's Seafood.
The Daughter of Oshun<br>overlooks Petworth Liquors image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
7. The Daughter of Oshun
overlooks Petworth Liquors
The New World image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 1, 2013
8. The New World
From Beer Garden to Park View Marker Missing image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 29, 2016
9. From Beer Garden to Park View Marker Missing
The orange cone is bolted to the base of the "From Beer Garden to Park View" marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 513 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on October 29, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   9. submitted on October 29, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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