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

Founders Library and Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 
 
Founders Library and Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 20, 2018
1. Founders Library and Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Marker
Inscription.
500 Howard Place, NW
Howard University Campus


Founders Library houses wide-ranging collections, the university's museum, and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, one of the world's largest repositories dedicated to the culture and history of people of African descent. Dedicated in 1939, the library was designed by university architect Albert I. Cassell (1895-1969). It is one of nine key buildings Cassell planned in 1930, along with the hilltop quadrangle. From 1866 to 1936, this site was occupied by the old Main Building, which for much of its history housed all of the university's operations. Founders Library succeeded the Carnegie Library, built in 1910 on the hilltop and now used for university offices.

[Caption from photo:]
Studying at Founders Library
Howard University Archives
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Location. 38° 55.35′ N, 77° 1.179′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Howard Place NW east of 6th Street NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Howard Place NW, Washington DC 20059, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Founders Library and Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 20, 2018
2. Founders Library and Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Marker
distance of this marker. Centennial Year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (within shouting distance of this marker); Day of Honor 2000 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortitude (within shouting distance of this marker); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Phi Beta Sigma (about 300 feet away); Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (about 300 feet away); Sara Winifred Brown, M.D. (about 300 feet away); Howard University (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
 
Additional keywords. HBCU
 
Categories. African AmericansArchitectureEducation
 
Founders Libarary as seen from the south image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 20, 2018
3. Founders Libarary as seen from the south
Doorway to the Founders Library image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 20, 2018
4. Doorway to the Founders Library
Cornerstone of Founders Library image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 20, 2018
5. Cornerstone of Founders Library
[Built] AD 1937
Relief on the south side of the library image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 20, 2018
6. Relief on the south side of the library
Books are voices
from past ages
Records of the present
Heralds of the future
Torches to the
unenlightened
Common bond of
cultured men
Trusted friends
Developing the mind
Restoring the spirit
Enter thou into
this company
and seek truth
Sign in entrance of the library image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 20, 2018
7. Sign in entrance of the library
In Memory of
The Founders


Who in the year 1867 incorporated in the District of Columbia a university for the education of youth in the liberal arts and sciences and named it in honor of
General Oliver Otis Howard


Hiram Barber
W.F. Bascom
C.B. Boynton
H.A. Brewster
B.C. Cook
E.M. Cushman
W.G. Finney
C.H. Howard
O.O. Howard
J.B. Hutchinson
J.B. Johnson
S.L. Loomis
B.F. Morris
D.B. Nichols
S.C. Pomeroy
E.W. Robinson
R.H. Stephens

Dedicated
MCMXXXVIII
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 21, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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