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Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community

 
 
Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
1. Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community Marker
Inscription.
(front)
Pioneers

Pioneers, also known as engineers, cut roads for ambulances, and built bridges, railroads and other construction projects.

Unknown Soldier
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
(back)
With Freedom Came Their Community

When African Americans from across the country came to their Nation's Capital, they found their way to the Greater YOU. Along the "Black Broadway" (U Street), many distinguished African Americans have strolled. Nobel laureates, entertainers, civil rights leaders, sports icons, scholars and politicians have made this community their destination. At Griffith Stadium, they attended Negro League baseball games and the annual fall football classic between Lincoln University and Howard. National conferences were held at the Whitelaw and Twelfth Street YMCA. While the wealthier visitors found first class accommodations at the Whitelaw, young men could stay and play at a full-service YMCA.

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White House Conference Group of the National Women's Council, April 4, 1938
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet" in 1938
Scurlock
Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
2. Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community Marker
Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Washington Conference of Selected Clergy and Laity of the Episcopal Church, May 6-8, 1930
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Financial Church Extension Boards of the A.M.E. Church were hosts to the Associated Business Club, Whitelaw Hotel, April 16, 1930
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


National Conference of Negro Railroad Workers at the Twelfth Street YMCA, May 19-20, 1939
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


YMCA membership drive, 1943
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King, Jr. at Howard University
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Howard and Lincoln football game at Griffith Stadium, November 1948
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Negro League baseball players Luke Easter of the Homestead Grays and Josh Gibson, one of the greatest homerun hitters in baseball history.
Scurlock
Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
3. Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community Marker
Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives

 
Erected by African American Civil War Museum.
 
Location. 38° 54.986′ N, 77° 1.514′ 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. Touch for map. Located outside the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1939 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sailors / With Freedom Came the Greater YOU (here, next to this marker); Musicians / With Freedom Came Their Businesses (here, next to this marker); Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons (a few steps from this marker); Cavalry / With Freedom Came Their Schools (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 AmericansArts, Letters, MusicSportsWar, 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 44 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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