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

Education Matters

An East-of-the-River View

 

—Anacostia Heritage Trail —

 
Education Matters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
1. Education Matters Marker
Inscription. Anacostia's Ketcham School (across Good Hope Road) opened in 1908 to serve white elementary school children. For junior and senior high school, whites crossed the river until 1935, when Anacostia Junior-Senior High School opened at 16th and R Streets, four blocks to your left. In 1943 Kramer Junior High opened next door for grades seven through nine.

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
Education Matters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
2. Education Matters Marker
German Evangelic Lutheran Church in Foggy Bottom, the home moved to "Good Hope Hill Farm" purchased from Captain Samuel and Flora Cabell in 1880. In 1965 it moved to Upper Marlboro Md., before closing in 1978.
 
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 RightsEducation
 
Protest image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
3. Protest
Students protesting desegregation parade in front of Anacostia High singing school songs.
Close-up of photo on marker
Protest image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
4. Protest
Police break up the [anti-desegregation] protest.
Close-up of photo on marker
German Orphan Home image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
5. German Orphan Home
Residents of the German Orphan Home pose on its grounds around 1935.
Close-up of photo on marker
Computer Lab image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
6. Computer Lab
At work in the Anacostia High School Academy for Public Service computer Lab, 1990.
Close-up of photo on marker
Map - You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
7. Map - You Are Here
Close-up of map on marker
Ketcham School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
8. Ketcham School
Ketcham Elementary School Mascot image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 26, 2016
9. Ketcham Elementary School Mascot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 7, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8, 9. submitted on December 10, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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