Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site
African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
2232 Sixth Street, NW
Will Marion Cook (1869-1944) was an internationally renowned violinist and composer. After studying music at Oberlin College (Ohio) and the National Conservatory of Music (New York), Cook turned to creating musical comedies. Among them was Clorindy, the Origin of the Cakewalk, the first musical comedy written, directed, and performed entirely by African American artists. Later Cook's New York Syncopated Orchestra toured Europe, playing classical music and introducing audiences to American Jazz.
Cook's father, John Hartwell Cook, graduated from Howard University Law School in 1871. His son, Mercer Cook (1903-1987), taught Romance languages at Howard and later served as a U.S. ambassador. The family home once stood at this spot.
Cultural Tourism DC
Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office
Will Marion Cook
Moorland-Springarn Research Center,
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.264′ N, 77° 1.26′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2239 6th Street NW, Washington DC 20059, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tau Beta Pi (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew F. Hilyer Residence Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Cleaning Up Cowtown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sara Winifred Brown, M.D. (about 300 feet away); Phi Beta Sigma (about 400 feet away); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (about 400 feet away); Day of Honor 2000 (about 500 feet away); Fortitude (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
Also see . . . Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
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