Fairlawn in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An East-of-the-River View
—Anacostia Heritage Trail —
African American children had to cross the river for junior high school until 1950, when Douglass Junior High opened in the old Birney School. Their older siblings continued the commute for another four years until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled school segregation unconstitutional (Brown v. Board of Education).
Under DC's 1954 desegregation plan, students were allowed to remain in their current school until graduation, or they could switch immediately to their neighborhood school. That first September only 44 of Anacostia High School's approximately 1,200 students were African American. School opened calmly, but in early October white students at Anacostia, Eastern, and McKinley, High Schools staged a strike to protest desegregation. Elsewhere students returned quickly to
Washington's German Orphan Home once stood about six blocks up Good Hope Road. Founded in 1879 by the Concordia German Evangelic Lutheran Church in Foggy Bottom, the home moved to "Good Hope Hill Farm" purchased from Captain Samuel and Flora Cabell in 1880. In 1965 it moved to Upper Marlboro Md., before closing in 1978.
Erected 2013 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 16.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Anacostia Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 52′ N, 76° 59.044′ W. Marker is in Fairlawn, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Good Hope Road Southeast and Minnesota Avenue South East. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1431 Good Hope Road Southeast, Washington DC 20020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Uniontown, DC's First Suburb (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rose's Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sage of Anacostia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mother Churches and Their Daughters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Booth's Escape (approx. ¼ mile away); Frederick Douglass's Rustic Retreat (approx. ¼ mile away); A Neighborhood Oasis (approx. ¼ mile away).
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Education •
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