Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pitts Motor Hotel
—Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Despite Dr. King's 1968 assassination, the Poor People's Campaign went ahead. Demonstrators maintained that jobs and income were a civil right owed to the needy citizens by the federal government. In May and June thousands camped in "Resurrection City" on the National Mall where, due to excessive rain, conditions deteriorated quickly. Resentful campers marched on the Pitts where the leaders were housed, demanding (unsuccessfully) that the leaders exchange their comforts for the muddy Mall.
In its heyday the Pitts Motel housed the Red Carpet Lounge. "Everybody would be there" remembered activist Bob Moore. But its popularity masked an unstable financial situation. Owner Cornelius Pitts and other African American entrepreneurs (and would-be homeowners) at the time often were refused bank loans or offered unfavorable terms. In the 1980s, when Reagan administration cuts to
Erected by DC Cultural Tourism. (Marker Number 14.)
Location. 38° 55.229′ N, 77° 2.082′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street and Belmont Street on 15th Street. Touch for map. The marker is below the balustrade at the end of Belmont street at its intersection with 15th street. 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. Buchanan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fedora (within shouting distance of this marker); College Hill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); An American Meridian (about 500 feet away); Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (about 500 feet away); Art for the People (about 600 feet away); Washington Meridian (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); James Buchanan (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Entertainment •
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