Congress Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Congress Heights School
African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
—3100 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, SE —
The eight-room brick Congress Heights Elementary School opened in 1897 to serve the new, whites-only Congress Heights development. The iconic tower and clock were added in 1913. After public schools were desegregated in 1954, Congress Heights became primarily African American. The city closed the deteriorated school in 1970, but neighborhood activists, determined to save it from demolition, found new uses for the building. Thus it continued to serve the community, over time housing Ward 8 offices, a Head Start program, and DC Habitat for Humanity, and offering outdoor space to a neighborhood festival and a farmers market. A charter school moved into the renovated building in 2011.
Caption: Congress Heights School, sixth grade class, 1969
Collection of Florine Batchelor
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 50.648′ N, 76° 59.881′ W. Marker is in Congress Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, SE and Randle Place SE on Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, SE. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Carroll (approx. 0.7 miles away); Republic F-105D Thunderchief (approx. ¾ mile away); St. Elizabeths Hospital (approx. ¾ mile away); In Memory of Col. Raynal C. Bolling (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Curative Powers of Nature (approx. 0.9 miles away); Grandpapa's Farm (approx. one mile away); Hillsdale (approx. one mile away); Original Federal Boundary Stone Southeast 6 (approx. one mile away).
Also see . . . Congress Heights School, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 15, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Education •
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