Shaw in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Like a Village
City Within a City
—Greater U Street Heritage Trail —
These Churches are a fraction of the religious institutions to be found everywhere in this neighborhood — in storefronts, in grand buildings with nineteenth-century towers and spires, and in modern structures. In addition to serving as places of worship, they have been and continue to be centers of community activity.
They have been filled with music, not only by church choirs., but by such internationally known artists as Leontyne Price and Roland Hayes. The ministers and members of neighborhood churches have also been in the forefront of the struggle for equal rights. Strategy meetings, lectures, and rallies have most often found a base of operations in church basements
The families of the neighborhood developed deep ties, sometimes for generations, with other families in these churches , and there was much visiting back and forth between congregations. These relationships were further repeated and deepened in the schools. One old-timer put this way — “It was a village.”
For the First Half of the 20th century, this U Street neighborhood inspired and sustained the rich social, civic, and cultural life of Washington's African American community. Here in the shadow of the renowned Howard University, neighbors responded to the injustices of a segregated city by creating their own self-reliant culture as well as generating leaders for the city and nation in science, medicine, law, the military, education, literature and the arts. Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, though only one of many celebrated residents, personifies their achievements, Follow this trail to the places that tell the story of this exceptional community in the heart of the nation's capitol. A tour booklet, City Within a City, is available at local businesses and sites open to the public. For information on guided tours call 202.828.WALK. To learn about D.C. neighborhoods, visit www.dcheritage.org
Erected by DC
Marker series. This marker is included in the Greater U Street Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.765′ N, 77° 1.619′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 11th Street Northwest and R Street Northwest when traveling north on 11th Street Northwest. Touch for map. in front of the Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 11th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Contraband” to Community (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engine Company No. 4 (about 500 feet away); Vermont Avenue Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Washington Afro-American Newspaper Office Building (about 500 feet away); Daniel A.P. Murray Residence (about 700 feet away); Logan Circle Cistern and BayScape (about 700 feet away); Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Phyllis Wheatley YWCA (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 370 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, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. submitted on December 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.