Judiciary Square in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
DC Recorder of Deeds Building/WPA Era Murals
515 D Street, NW
óAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC ó
DCís Art Deco/Art Moderne Recorder of Deeds Building (1941) houses city land records. Many notable African Americans have served as recorders of deeds since President Garfield appointed Frederick Douglass to the post in 1881. These include Branche K. Bruce, the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. Artwork inside includes portraits of recorders of deeds. Selma Burkeís bronze relief of Franklin D. Roosevelt, a statue of a young Abraham Lincoln, and seven murals exploring “the contributions of the Negro to the American Nation,” such as the 54th Massachusetts, astronomer Benjamin Banneker, and explorer Matthew A. Henson.
Detail, Shaw at Fort Wagner, mural by Carlos Lopez (Courtesy, Recorder of Deeds Building)
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Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 38° 53.693′ N, 77° 1.165′ W. Marker is in Judiciary Square, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on D Street, NW, west of 5th Street, NW. Touch for map. Marker is on the wall at the building's southeast
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Daniel Webster (a few steps from this marker); Senator Daniel Webster (a few steps from this marker); Ending Slavery in Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sitting in Judgment (about 500 feet away); A Courthouse Reborn (about 600 feet away); Washington City Spring (about 700 feet away); Ceremony at the Crossroads (about 700 feet away); 601 Pennsylvania Avenue (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Judiciary Square.
Also see . . . New Deal WPA Art in Washington, DC. (Submitted on April 10, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Black Americans.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,826 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on April 11, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.