Adams Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roads to Diversity
—Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
In 1908 the city built the Mission style firehouse mid-block to your left. Generations of neighborhood children played in front of it, considering the firefighters their personal guardians. The community saved the deteriorating facility from demolition in 1975.
During the 1920s, most residents of this block were German Jews. Many came from Old Southwest [D.C.], including Rabbi Moses Yoelsen, father of entertainer Al Jolson (1787 Lanier Place). Like much of the area, Lanier Place eventually grew less affluent as families of means left for newer suburban housing.
In the 1960s Adams Morgan drew a younger, mixed population, giving the area a reputation as activist and community conscious. Lanier Place became a hub of anti-establishment politics. Members of Students for a Democratic Society lived at 1779 Lanier Place. Black Panthers, American Indian Movement workers, and the Berrigan brothers
Erected 2005 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 7 of 18.)
Location. 38° 55.505′ N, 77° 2.452′ W. Marker is in Adams Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Ontario Road south of Lanier Place, NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ontario Theater (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Latino Community (about 600 feet away); Serving the Neighborhood (about 700 feet away); A People Without Murals Is A Demuralized People (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tragedy at 18th and Columbia (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Suburban" Development (approx. 0.2 miles away); Walter Pierce Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Polish-U.S. Diplomatic Relations (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adams Morgan.
More about this marker. [Caption, photos
George Brown Goode, right, and Archibald McLachlan first developed Lanier Heights.
[Caption, group of three photos in center]:
Ontario Apartments dwellers, clockwise from left, Confederate widow and author Sally Pickett, General Douglas MacArthur, and Wisconsin Senator Robert LaFollette.
[Caption, photo in lower left]:
Rennie Davis of the Chicago Seven lived at 1738.
[Caption, two photos in lower right]:
Among Lanier Place’s Jewish residents, liquor distributor and philanthropist Milton S. Kronheim (1764 Lanier Pl.), above, and Rabbi Moses Yoelsen (1767 Lanier Pl.), left.
Also see . . . Adams Morgan Heritage Trail markers that have been entered in the Historical Marker database. (Submitted on March 28, 2009.)
Additional keywords. Gilded Age, social change, activism, civil disobedience.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, Vietnam •
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