Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“Treat Me Reﬁned”
Lift Every Voice
—Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
Hungry for culture, Hurston devoured Howard's opportunities. She performed in campus theater, played violin, joined Zeta Phi Bet sorority, and co-founded the student newspaper, which she named The Hill Top. She published her first story in The Stylus, Howard's literary magazine. She attended renowned poet Georgia Douglas Johnson's literary salon, meeting the best-known black writers of the time. To support herself, Hurston waited tables at the exclusive, all-white Cosmos Club and cleaned houses. New York's black literary leaders discovered Hurston, who soon left for Harlem. There she helped spur the New Negro Renaissance, a period of intense cultural productivity and racial uplift. She went on to study ethnography under Franz Boaz at Columbia University and later collected folklore, returning occasionally to DC for professional meetings. In 1943 Howard honored her with a distinguished alumna award.
"What do you think I was doing in Washington all that time if not getting cultured..
As you turn right on Kenyon Street ahead, you will pass Chavez-Bruce Preparatory Public Charter School. Built as the Blanche K. Bruce Elementary School, it opened for "colored" students in 1898. Monroe Elementary, at Georgia and Columbia, served white children from 1889 until 1931.Four decades later Bruce and Monroe merged in a new Building at Georgia and Irving.
Location. 38° 55.676′ N, 77° 1.558′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Columbia Road, on the right when traveling north on Sherman Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is in front of the Stop & Go market at 3005 Sherman Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 on the corner of Sherman Ave and Columbia Road. Park View. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3005 Sherman Avenue, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Urban Oasis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Girard Street Elites (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nob Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Beer Garden to Park View (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Along the "Nile Valley" Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins Drew (approx. ¼ mile away); Merriweather Home for Children (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beyond the Basics (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
Additional keywords. Literature
Categories. • African Americans • Anthropology • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 810 times since then and 44 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week June 9, 2013. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on June 3, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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