Bloomingdale in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Barnett Aden Gallery
African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
—127 Randolph Place, NW —
The Barnett Aden Gallery, which operated on the first floor of this house between 1943 and 1968, was the first privately owned black art gallery in the United States. It was founded by James Vernon Herring (1897-1969), chair of Howard University's Department of Art, and Alonzo Aden (1906-1961), curator of the Howard University Gallery of Art. The gallery supported and promoted important artists, and became a lively gathering place. It was one of the few art spaces in the city where artists representing different nationalities, races, and ethnicities were exhibited together. Robert L. Johnson's Black Entertainment Television acquired most of the collection in 1998.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.797′ N, 77° 0.765′ W. Marker is in Bloomingdale, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Randolph Place Northwest 0.1 miles west of 1st Street NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 127 Randolph Place NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home to Headliners (within shouting distance Great Expectations (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Prettiest Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dividing Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Metropolitan Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fathers and Sons (approx. ¼ mile away); A Voice from the South (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bloomingdale.
Also see . . . Barnett Aden Gallery, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on November 23, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A photo of the building that housed the Gallery. • Can you help?