Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Working for the Race
Midcity at the Crossroads
—Shaw Heritage Trail —
Poet Langston Hughes briefly worked here for Woodson, and many of his poems captured local working-class African American life. In The Big Sea (1940) he wrote: “I tried to write poems like the songs they sang on Seventh Street.”
The house to your right at 817 Q Street was once the Washington headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Founded in 1925 by A. Philip Randolph, the IBSCP was the nation's first and largest black trade union. Some 12,000 members — highly skilled porters, attendants, and maids — all worked for the Pullman Palace Car Company. In 1925 Pullman was the nation's largest employer
Much of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was planned at 817 Q Street by Randolph, along with Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin.
Erected by Shaw Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 6.)
Location. 38° 54.656′ N, 77° 1.431′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 9th Street Northwest and Q Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 9th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1553 9th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carter G. Woodson House (a few steps from this marker); Phyllis Wheatley YWCA (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spiritual Life (about 400 feet away); The Fires of 1968 (about 700 feet away); When Gordon Met Ella (approx. 0.2 miles away); Community Anchors (approx. 0.2 miles away); Like a Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grief Turns to Anger (approx. ¼ mile away).
Categories. • African Americans • Labor Unions • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 25, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.