Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Alma Thomas Residence
African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
—1530 15th Street, NW —
Alma Thomas (1891-1978), the nationally acclaimed abstract artist, lived in this house from 1907 until her death. In 1924 she became the first graduate of Howard University's Art Department — and possibly the first black woman in the country to earn a fine arts degree. Besides teaching art at Shaw Junior High School for 35 years, Thomas was active in the city's art community particularly the Washington Color School and, with Lois Mailou Jones and the Barnett Aden Gallery, "The Little Paris Studio." Thomas's painting are part of the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Gallery of Art, and others.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.637′ N, 77° 2.077′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 15th Street Northwest north of Church Street NW, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1530 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Family Home (here, next to this marker); Advancing the Race St. Luke's Episcopal Church/Alexander Crummel (within shouting distance of this marker); See You at the Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Theodore Roosevelt Worshiped Here Regularly (about 600 feet away); Automobile Row (about 700 feet away); Independence of Kazakhstan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Treading the Boards (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Also see . . . Alma Thomas Residence, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Education • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.