Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An East-of-the-River View
—Anacostia Heritage Trail —
African American children had to cross the river for junior high school until 1950, when Douglass Junior High opened in the old Birney School. Their older siblings continued the commute for another four years until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled school segregation unconstitutional (Brown v. Board of Education).
Under DC's 1954 desegregation plan, students were allowed to remain in their current school until graduation, or they could switch immediately to their neighborhood school. That first September only 44 of Anacostia High School's approximately 1,200 students were African American. School opened calmly, but in early October white students at Anacostia, Eastern, and McKinley, High Schools staged a strike to protest desegregation. Elsewhere students returned quickly to classes, but in Anacostia police had to step in to end the protest.
Washington's German Orphan Home once stood about six blocks up Good Hope Road. Founded in 1879 by the Concordia
Erected by Anacostia Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 17.)
Location. 38° 52′ N, 76° 59.044′ W. Marker is in Anacostia, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Good Hope Road South East and Minnisota Avenue South East. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Uniontown, DC's First Suburb (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Sage of Anacostia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mother Churches and Their Daughters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Booth's Escape (approx. ¼ mile away); The Growlery (approx. ¼ mile away); The Big Chair (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Big Chair (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anacostia.
Categories. • Civil Rights • Education •
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