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

1840-1950

 
 
1840-1950 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 15, 2018
1. 1840-1950 Marker
Inscription. Enslaved and free African-Americans were the primary railroad builders in the South before and after the Civil War. For generations, railroad companies employed more African-Americans than any other industry in the U.S.

Theodore Kornweible Collection; courtesy California State Railroad Museum
 
Erected by United States Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 38° 52.581′ N, 77° 0.053′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of M Street SE and 4th Street SE, on the right when traveling east on M Street SE. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1817 (here, next to this marker); 1865-1869 (here, next to this marker); 1830 (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named 1830 (a few steps from this marker); Switching Yard (a few steps from this marker); 1825 (a few steps from this marker); 1833 (a few steps from this marker); 1827 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
 
Categories. African AmericansRailroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 23 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 15, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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