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

Sailors / With Freedom Came the Greater YOU

 
 
Sailors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
1. Sailors Marker
Inscription.
(front)
Sailors

African descent sailors served in an integrated navy as boys, landsmen, stewards, cooks, seamen, firemen, pilots, navigators, and engineer officers.

Unknown Sailor
African American Civil War Museum
(back)
With Freedom Came the Greater YOU

The Greater YOU Street Community was created by the self-emancipated. Its past and present represents the best of American possibilities.

(captions, clockwise from top left)
The Lincoln Theater and Ben's Chili Bowl have helped make U Street a destination for visitors from across the globe.

Standing next to the African American Civil War Memorial at Vermont Avenue and U Street, you can see church steeples above what was once Camp Barker, a Civil War freedmen's village.

Howard University has become a major research institution. Founders Library is also the home of the Moorland-Spingran Research Center.

Though many of the businesses that served the African American community from the 1920s to 1950s have closed their doors, Industrial Bank still serves the banking needs of the community.

Lee's forest has been on the corner of 11th and U Since 1945.

The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
2. Sailors Marker
honors African American veterans annually on Memorial Day at the African American Civil War Memorial.

During the 1968 civil disturbances, Peoples Drug Store and the Booker T. Washington Theater were severely damaged and ultimately demolished. This site was a vacant lot for decades. Today, the Reeves Center stands at 14th and U.

The True Reformer Building was dedicated in 1903. Today, it is the national headquarters of the Public Welfare Foundation.
 
Erected by African American Civil War Museum.
 
Location. 38° 54.985′ N, 77° 1.516′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Vermont Avenue NW south of U Street NW, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located outside the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community (here, next to this marker); Musicians / With Freedom Came Their Businesses (a few steps from this marker); Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons (a few steps from this marker); Cavalry / With Freedom Came Their Schools
Sailors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
3. Sailors Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Infantry / With Freedom Came Their Churches (a few steps from this marker); African American Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named African American Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Camp to Victorian Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
 
Also see . . .  African American Civil War Memorial & Museum. (Submitted on February 6, 2018.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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