Atlas District in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hub, Home, Heart
— Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —
Abe and Anna Shulman ran a dry goods store and lived at 1237 H, with a kitchen in back and living quarters upstairs. Two of their five children remained on H Street as adults: Israel, a dentist, and Fred, who sold baby furniture and toys. Known as the "Queen of H Street," Anna founded the Hebrew Sheltering Society to house recent imigrants, and led the Sisterhood, a women's aid society, for Ezras Israel Synagogue at Eighth and I Streets. The Shulmans and most of their Jewish neighbors had emigrated from Russia around 1900.
In the 1950s former boxer Eddie Leonard brought sandwiches to H Street. A decade later Chuck Brown, the future "Godfather of Go-Go," bought his first guitar at Chuck and Marge Levin's music store at 1237 H Street. In 1968, after looters destroyed their store, the Levins moved to Wheaton, Maryland, opening Chuck Levin's Washington
At 1238 H is the former office of Granville Moore, M.D., a native Washingtonian, World War II veteran (Buffalo Soldier), Howard University faculty member, and civil rights activist who practiced medicine here for more than 50 years. Former patients also recollect how Dr. Moore (1916-2003) made house calls and treated the ill free of charge two days a week.
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 Performing Arts Center signaled
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 13.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Greater H Street Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.018′ N, 76° 59.331′ W. Marker is in Atlas District, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of H Street Northeast and 13th Street Northeast, on the right when traveling east on H Street Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1237 H Street Northeast, Washington DC 20002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Culture and Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker); A Quiet Place (was about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported permanently removed. ); District of Columbia Fire Department Mediterranean Imports (about 800 feet away); The Changing Faces of H Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hub (approx. ¼ mile away); Brickyards to Buildings (approx. 0.3 miles away); The City Woman (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlas District.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 27 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. submitted on October 7, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.