Near Northeast in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Iceman's Arena
Hub, Home, Heart
—Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —
Arnold "Red" Auerbach began his professional career coaching the Washington Capitols at Uline Arena. He was hired in 1946, after having coached area high school basketball teams. Auerbach later coached the Boston Celtics to nine NBA titles.
Mike Uline segregated his audiences. African Americans could attend boxing and wrestling, but not supposedly higher-class attractions: ice hockey, the Ice Capades, and basketball. In response E.B. Henderson, a Harvard-trained health and physical education specialist and civil rights leader, protested Uline's policy. As audiences dwindled, Uline buckled to the economic pressure. In 1948 he opened the facility to all.
In 1959 Uline's estate sold the arena. The renamed Washington Coliseum soon presented the Bolshoi Ballet. In 1964, days after appearing
In May 1971 the Coliseum became a holding cell for many of the 12,000 protesters arrested demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Live concerts ended in 1986. For years after, the arena stored trash. As of 2012 it awaited redevelopment.
Trains and streetcars created the Near Northeast neighborhood around H Street. The B&O Railroad's arrival in 1835 made this a center of energetic, working-class life. Workmen living north of the Capitol staffed the Government Printing Office, ran the trains, stocked the warehouses, and built Union Station. When a streetcar arrived linking H Street to downtown, new construction quickly followed.
H Street bustled with shops and offices run by Jewish, Italian, Lebanese, Greek, Irish, and African American families. During the segregation era, which lasted into the 1950s, African Americans came to H Street for its department stores and sit-down restaurants. Most businesses welcomed all customers.
Then came the civil disturbances in the wake of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in 1968. Decades of commercial decline followed. Just off H Street, though, the strong residential community endured. The 2005 opening of the Atlas
Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail is an Official Washington, DC Walking Trail. The self-guided, 3.2-mile tour of 18 signs offers about two hours of gentle exercise. Free keepsake guidebooks in English or Spanish are available at businesses and institutions along the way. For more on DC neighborhoods, please visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org.
Erected 2012 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 6.)
Location. 38° 54.342′ N, 77° 0.107′ W. Marker is in Near Northeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of M Street, NE and 3rd Street, NE, on the right when traveling west on M Street, NE. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Provisions for the City (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Edward Miner Gallaudet Residence (approx. ¼ mile away); Ballard House (approx. ¼ mile away); Helen Fay House Denison House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Rose Cottage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Ole Jim" (approx. 0.4 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
1. Acts at Uline Arena
In the 1950's the 60's and 70's, while living in the area, I got to see Jimmy Dean with Roy Clark and Patsy Cline perform, the Barnam and Bailey Circus, The Ice Capedes, Hot Rod and Custom Car shows, Boat shows and Rick Berry's underhand free throws. Even with the name change, Uline was a D.C. Landmark... Thanks for the memories
— Submitted October 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Categories. • Civil Rights • Entertainment • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on February 11, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 2, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.