Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“The Lake So Blue”
Lift Every Voice
—Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
The body of water that inspired the line in Howard University’s alma mater, “far above the lake so blue stands old Howard firm and true,” is McMillan Reservoir, which opened in 1902 to supply water to the city. The reservoir and the Old Soldiers’ Home grounds nearby created a green oasis for Howard students and their neighbors. On summer nights before World War II, neighborhood families fled their hot rowhouses to sleep on blankets near the cooling water.
Howard’s neighbors, long uplifted by the university’s intellectual life, have enjoyed its campus traditions, especially Homecoming. In 1926 they joined the crowd of 16,000 to dedicate Howard’s new stadium, and cheered as the Bisons crushed Lincoln University’s Lions, 32-0. The annual Thanksgiving Day football game was the centerpiece of Classic Week’s fraternity-hosted concerts, receptions, and dinner dances.
Among the speakers at the 1926 stadium dedication was its designer, Professor Albert Cassell. The architect oversaw Howard’s expansion in the 1930s, designing 16 campus buildings.
Lynn C. French, who grew up near the campus, remembered attending Howard commencements with her family in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s — not only to cheer graduating friends and relatives, but also to hear the inspirational speeches by such speakers
Crowds await the new stadium’s first match, the 1926 Howard-Lincoln Thanksgiving Day “Classic.” Howard University Archives.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority participate in Howard homecoming festivities, 1939. Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Architect and Professor Albert Cassell with infant son Irvin. Among Cassell’s campus designs are Douglass Hall right, and Founders Library. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University.
[Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall] Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
[Founder’s Library] Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Lynn French, holding the diploma, with her parents Carolyn Howard and David M. French after his 1948 graduation from Howard Medical School. Collection of Lynn French
In 1960 Sen. John F. Kennedy spoke on campus, above, as did labor leader A. Philip Randolph, left. Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Erected 2011 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 11 of 19.)
Location. 38° 55.489′ N, 77° 1.291′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Street, NW, and Fairmont Street, NW, on 6th Street, NW,. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the H.U. School of Business at 6th and Fairmont. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 6th Street, NW, Washington DC 20059, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howard University Gallery of Art (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miner Teachers College (about 500 feet away); Beyond the Basics (about 500 feet away); Along the "Nile Valley" (about 500 feet away); Merriweather Home for Children General Oliver O. Howard (about 700 feet away); Howard Hall (about 700 feet away); Howard University (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. McMillan Reservoir. (Submitted on March 5, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. The McMillan Sand Filtration Site. (Submitted on April 29, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Senator James McMillan; William H. Greene; Washington Aqueduct
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 559 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on March 18, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 4, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6, 7. submitted on March 5, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 8. submitted on March 6, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 9. submitted on March 5, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 10. submitted on March 6, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 11. submitted on March 17, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 12. submitted on March 6, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.