Hillsdale in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roads That Divide
An East-of-the-River View
—Anacostia Heritage Trail —
Suitland Parkway had opened in 1944 to connect the new Camp Springs Army Air Base (later Andrews Air Force Base) and the Anacostia Naval Station and Bolling Field (later Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling). It also connected new federal office buildings in Suitland to downtown DC via the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. To build the parkway, however, the U.S. government razed house and separated communities.
A decade later, when the National Capital Planning Commission considered building I-295 to provide commuters a shortcut through east-of-the-river neighborhoods, Anacostians protested that the project would destroy school recreation areas, reduce property
The modern Sheridan Station replaced the run-down Sheridan Terrace public housing, built in the later 1950s. Because urban renewal was pushing low-income renters out of neighborhoods across the river, the city rezoned much of Anacostia for affordable apartments to house them. Some of the new units were shoddily built and wore out quickly. By 1975 about 85 percent of Anacostia's housing was rental property. Within a generation this once-rural section had become solidly urban.
Erected 2013 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Anacostia Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 51.597′ N, 76° 59.678′ W. Marker is in Hillsdale, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast north of Stanton Road Southeast, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2560 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, 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. Barry Farm Dwellings Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Faith and Action (about 500 feet away); Hillsdale (about 600 feet away); Grandpapa's Farm (about 800 feet away); A Navy Town (about 800 feet away); Barry Farm - Hillsdale (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Birney School (approx. 0.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.