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Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons

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

There were thirteen artillery regiments and one independent battery in the Bureau of the United States Colored Troops

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

The oppressive institution of slavery easily concealed the contributions of Africans to American culture. In the century following the abolition of slavery, the cultural contributions to the descendants of Africans became almost impossible to suppress. The Greater YOU Street Corridor became a haven for artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Before the Harlem Renaissance, the corridor had become a sanctuary for African descent artists. YOU Street became nationally known as the "Black Broadway," and its influence resonates in American culture today.

(captions, clockwise from top left)
Inside the Crystal Caverns, which opened in 1926
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Poet Langston Hughes signing an autograph after reading at Howard University in March 1957. To his left is Sterling Brown, poet and head of Howard University English Department.
Scurlock
Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
2. Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker
Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Paul Laurence Dunbar, poet and novelist, established a residence in Washington in 1898.
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Newsboys in front of the Howard Theater, 1936
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Jazz pianists Fats Waller (right) with the manager of the Howard Theater, Shep Allen, in 1939
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Professor Kelly Miller, Howard University, argued in 1926 that Washington was the cultural center for African Americans.
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Freedmen's Village, established in the summer of 1862.
Courtesy of the National Archives

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington sitting at a piano in the home of photographer George Scurlock
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


The Lincoln Theatre, 1937
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives


Billie Holiday and the attractions of U
Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
3. Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker
Street in the 1940s
Scurlock Studio
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Archives

 
Erected by African American Civil War Museum.
 
Location. 38° 54.986′ N, 77° 1.507′ 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 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. Cavalry / With Freedom Came Their Schools (here, next to this marker); Infantry / With Freedom Came Their Churches (here, next to this marker); Musicians / With Freedom Came Their Businesses (a few steps from this marker); Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community (a few steps from this marker); Sailors / With Freedom Came the Greater YOU (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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scurlock Studio Site (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
 
Also see . . .
Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 2, 2018
4. Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons Marker
 African American Civil War Memorial & Museum. (Submitted on February 6, 2018.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEducationWar, 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 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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