Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Next Wave
Lift Every Voice
—Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
For English-speaking immigrants from the former British West Indies, transition to DC life was relatively easy. They held tightly to their traditions, opening businesses and organizing an annual festival on Georgia Avenue. Behind you on this block Mike and Rita's opened in 1974, specializing in roti, (curried meat and potatoes wrapped in flaky dough). Across the street, at the corner of Lamont, Brown's Bakery opened in 1980, serving patties and spice buns. At that time, there were almost three dozen West Indian establishments along this stretch. Georgia Avenue Day and Carnival parades have featured spectacular costumes, calypso music, and dancing.
On Morton Street, to your right, is where the DC Housing Authority built the Park-Morton public housing complex in the early 1960s. The complex housed African Americans whose homes in Southwest DC were demolished during urban renewal to make way for modern apartments
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 17 of 19.)
Location. 38° 55.917′ N, 77° 1.425′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Morton Street, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Morton Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3332 Georgia Avenue, Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Modern Shopper (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Beer Garden to Park View (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins Drew (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nob Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); A Changing Landscape (approx. ¼ mile away); The Former Engine Co 24 of the District of Columbia Fire Department (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Treat Me Refined" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mr. Lincoln’s Ride (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 8, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on July 8, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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