Near Northeast in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Education for All
Hub, Home, Heart
—Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —
Gallaudet was designated a university in 1986. Two years later the university selected its first deaf president after students, supported by faculty, staff, alumni, the national deaf community, and national leaders, demanded a "Deaf President Now!" Their effort launched a movement leading to important laws expanding access to communications, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Gallaudet students study in both American Sign Language and English at the university recognized as the center of American Deaf Culture.
"Gallaudet College" is a National Historic Landmark, and the original campus (1866-1878) is in the National Register of Historic Places.
Just east of the Gallaudet campus is the Trinidad neighborhood, named for the
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
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 8.)
Location. 38° 54.283′ N, 76° 59.676′ W. Marker is in Near Northeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Florida Avenue, NE and 8th Street, NE, on the right when traveling west on Florida Avenue, 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. Leonard M. Elstad (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laurent Clerc (about 300 feet away); Chapel Hall Site of the Rose Cottage (about 500 feet away); Edward Miner Gallaudet (about 600 feet away); Brickyards to Buildings (about 700 feet away); "Ole Jim" (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
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