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

On the Heights

Cultural Convergence

 

—Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —

 
On the Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 24, 2009
1. On the Heights Marker
Inscription.
In the days of legally segregated public education (1862-1954), this school building was Central High, the gem of the School Board’s white division. But by 1949, it had few students, as the post-World War II suburban housing boom had drawn whites away. Consequently, African American families outnumbered whites around Central.

Nearby “Colored” high schools - especially Cardozo at Ninth Street and Rhode Island Avenue - struggled with overcrowded, outdated facilities. When activists pressed the city to move Cardozo’s black students to Central, the white community resisted. But the School Board could not justify the waste of space. So in September 1950, with white students relocated to other schools, Central became Cardozo, the business high school for black students. Four years later with Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court nominally integrated all DC schools.

Long before there was a school here, though, this fabulous view was enjoyed by a sculptor and engraver named William J. Stone. In 1835 Stone moved into the Federal style “Mount Pleasant” house, once the center-piece of the prominent Peter family’s thousand-acre estate here. During the Civil War, the house served as a hospital. In 1881 Senator John Sherman bought 121 acres, then laid out a subdivision between 11th
On the Heights Marker - photo on reverse. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 24, 2009
2. On the Heights Marker - photo on reverse.
"Members of Cardozo High School’s Early Bird Club posed with sponsor Charles Brooks, left, in front of the school in 1979. The club met every school day from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m." (Washington Post.)
and 14th Streets, naming it Columbia Heights. His contemporary, Senator John A. Logan of Illinois, a Civil War general, co-founder of Memorial Day, and future vice presidential candidate (1884), bought the old mansion and renamed it Calumet Place. Later, Logan’s widow Mary rented it to Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan.
 
Erected 2009 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 10 of 19.)
 
Location. 38° 55.343′ N, 77° 1.763′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Clifton Street, NW east of 13th Street, NW. 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. Francis L. Cardozo High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Justice vs. Injustice (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Drum and Spear Bookstore Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Girard Street Elites (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Fedora (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mary Ann Shadd Cary House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mansions, Parks, and People (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pitts Motor Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
 
More about this marker. [Caption, photo
Cardozo High School - On the Heights image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 24, 2009
3. Cardozo High School - On the Heights
marker visible on sidewalk at left.
in upper left:]

William J. Stone, right, posed in front of “Mount Pleasant,” which once occupied this hilltop. (Historical Society of Society of Washington, DC.)

[Caption, photos in upper right:]
Ohio Senator John Sherman, above, developer of Columbia Heights, Illinois Senator John Logan, far right, seen with wife Mary and children, and presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, right, were two of the powerful men who occupied “Mount Pleasant.” (Library of Congress.)

[Caption, photos in center right:]
White Central High School students of the 1920s learned auto mechanics, left and bookkeeping, below. (Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives.)

[Caption, photos in lower right:]
Left, in 1940 overcrowding forced Cardozo students to meet in the basement. Citizen activists ran this full page ad, below, in the Washington Post in December 1949. (Washington Post.)

[Caption, photo in lower right:]
Cardozo students Jerome Earbe and Barbara Henderson learn data processing from teacher Margaret G. Saxon, 1968. (Star Collection, DC Public Library © Washington Post .)

[Caption, photo in upper center:]
On March 12, 1967, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke here at Cardozo
On the Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
4. On the Heights Marker
In front of Cardozo High School
to a public meeting on urban renewal plans for the Shaw neighborhood. ( Star Collection, DC Public Library © Washington Post .)



[The bottom of the marker features a photograph of downtown DC's skyline from Clifton Street near Cardozo High School. It is a 2008 photo montage, by Malini Dominey.]
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Francis Lewis Cardozo. (Submitted on October 25, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Other Columbia Heights Heritage Trail markers entered in the Historical Marker database. (Submitted on October 30, 2009.)
 
Additional keywords. Martin Luther King; Charles Brooks; Francis Lewis Cardozo.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducationNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Mount Pleasant image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
5. Mount Pleasant
William J. Stone, right, posed in front of “Mount Pleasant,” which once occupied this hilltop.
Close-up of photo on marker
Historical Society of Society of Washington, DC.
John Sherman image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
6. John Sherman
Ohio Senator John Sherman developer of Columbia Heights.
Close-up of photo on marker
Library of Congress
John A. Logan & Family image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
7. John A. Logan & Family
Illinois Senator John Logan seen with wife Mary and children, bought the Strong farm house from John Sherman and renamed it “Calumet Place”
LOC photo reproduced on marker
William Jennings Bryan image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
8. William Jennings Bryan
After John A. Logan's death, Mrs. Logan rented Calumet Place to various members of Congress including William Jennings Bryran.
image reproduced on marker
Mechanics image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
9. Mechanics
White Central High School students of the 1920s learned auto mechanics.
Close-up of photo on marker
Bookkeeping image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
10. Bookkeeping
White Central High School students of the 1920s also learned bookkeeping.
Close-up of photo on marker
Data Processing image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
11. Data Processing
Cardozo students Jerome Earbe and Barbara Henderson learn data processing from teacher Margaret G. Saxon, 1968.
Close-up of photo on marker
Central for Cardozo image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
12. Central for Cardozo
All the Cardozo High School students should be transferred to the Central High School Building Immediately!!!

Citizen activists ran this full page ad in the Washington Post in December 1949.
Martin Luther King at Cardozo image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
13. Martin Luther King at Cardozo
On March 12, 1967, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke here at Cardozo to a public meeting on urban renewal plans for the Shaw neighborhood.
Close-up of photo on marker
Washington Skyline<br>From Clifton Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
14. Washington Skyline
From Clifton Street
Close-up of 2008 photo montage by Malini Dominey on marker
View from On the Heights toward downtown image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 24, 2009
15. View from On the Heights toward downtown
- Washington Monument on the horizon, center right.
Calumet Place - Home of Mrs. John A. Logan image. Click for full size.
By Mary Logan
16. Calumet Place - Home of Mrs. John A. Logan
This photo of Calumet Place appeared in Mrs. Logan's 1912 book “The Part Taken by Women in American History”.
Highview Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 18, 2015
17. Highview Apartments
Highview Apartments occupy the northeast corner of Clifton and Thirteenth Streets Northwest, the location of “Mount Pleasant” later “Calumet Place.”
 
 
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