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Fort Totten in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

WOOK-TV Building

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

5321 First Place, NE

 
WOOK-TV Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2017
1. WOOK-TV Building Marker
Marker on the West side of the building.
Inscription.
WOOK-TV, on the air from 1963 to 1972, was the first "all-Negro" television station in the nation. White founder Richard Eaton also started its predecessor, WOOK-Radio, in 1947 in the nation's first "Negro-oriented" radio station. Viewers fondly remember Teenarama Dance Party, DC's first black teen dance show. Hosted by Bob King, Teenarama aired from 5 to 6 pm Monday through Saturday, from 1963 to 1971 (and before that on WOOK-Radio). It featured hand dancing, DC's unique form of swing. The Temptations, Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and many other performers often dropped by Teenarama while in town to appear at the Howard Theatre.

Caption from image on marker:
Teenarama Dance Party, 1963.
Courtesy of Beverly Lindsey-Johnson
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Location. 38° 57.306′ N, 77° 0.256′ W. Marker is in Fort Totten, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on First Place NE south of Riggs Road NE, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Fort Totten neighborhood. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5321 First Place, NE, Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
WOOK-TV Building with Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 30, 2017
2. WOOK-TV Building with Marker
this marker. Marlon Francisco Morales (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Those Who Lost Their Lives on June 22, 2009 (approx. mile away); Legacy Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War Defenses of Washington (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Totten (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. half a mile away); Fort Slocum (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Totten.
 
More about this marker. The building is currently called Lighthouse Center for Healing. It was formerly the Rape Crisis Center.
 
Also see . . .
1. WOOK-TV Building, African American Heritage Trail. African American Heritage Trail locations for Northeast DC not on trails in specific Northeast DC neighborhoods. (Submitted on October 13, 2017.) 

2. WOOK-TV 14/Washington, DC. From the history of UHF TV (Submitted on October 14, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEntertainment
 
Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones
3. Photo on Marker

Teenarama Dance Party, 1963.
Courtesy of Beverly Lindsey-Johnson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on January 23, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1. submitted on October 13, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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