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Industrial Bank of Washington

2000 11th Street, NW

 

—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

 
Industrial Bank of Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 15, 2011
1. Industrial Bank of Washington Marker
Inscription.
Industrial Bank stands as a testament to the Black business movement that began in the 1880s in downtown Washington and spread to the U Street area by the 1900s. Industrial Bank was the only Black-owned financial institution in the city when laborer-turned entrepreneur John Whitelaw Lewis founded it in 1913. A few years later the bank moved from its first address, 2006 11th Street, to this building, which Lewis financed and architect Isaiah T. Hatton designed. Although forced to close briefly during the financial crisis that caused the Great Depression, Industrial Bank of Washington was reopened in 1934 by attorney Jesse Mitchell.

[Photo caption:]
Industrial Bank of Washington, 1934
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC, funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.027′ N, 77° 1.654′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on U Street, NW west of 11th Street, NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near
Industrial Bank of Washington Building image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 15, 2011
2. Industrial Bank of Washington Building
- marker is visible, low on the brick facade, behind the parked car and the decorated lamp pole at the left end of the Bank building.
this postal address: 2000 11th Street, NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We had everything we needed right here (within shouting distance of this marker); The True Reformer Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ben's Chili Bowl / Minnehaha Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Theatre and Lincoln Colonnade (about 400 feet away); Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia (about 400 feet away); Civil War Camp to Victorian Neighborhood (about 500 feet away); Marlon Francisco Morales (about 500 feet away); African American Civil War Memorial (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Industrial Bank of Washington, branch at 11th and U Streets, NW image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 15, 2011
3. Industrial Bank of Washington, branch at 11th and U Streets, NW
- note photos commemorating notable events in the history of the bank and the Mitchell family, displayed in windows along U Street.
Bio and photo of Jesse Homer Mitchell, president and CEO of Industrial Bank, 1934 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 15, 2011
4. Bio and photo of Jesse Homer Mitchell, president and CEO of Industrial Bank, 1934
- displayed in window of the original office on U Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 733 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on April 18, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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