Atlas District in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hub, Home, Heart
— Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail —
Mount Olive Baptist Church at 1140 Sixth Street, three blocks north of this sign, was founded in 1873 as a branch of Second Baptist Church of Northwest DC. The current church rests on the site of its first meeting place, the home of Robert and Martha Terrell. Mount Olive has focused on serving needy members of the community with free food and clothing, holding outdoor evangelistic services, and mentoring
Radio station WOL operated from Fourth and H Streets during the 1980s and '90s. Neighbors remember the station's studio overlooking the street, where large windows revealed on-air guests and dynamic host Cathy Hughes.
To return to Union Station Metro station, continue on H Street, turn left on Third Street, then right on F Street. To reach Gallery Place Metro station, take the X2 Metrobus (Lafayette Square).
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
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 18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Greater H Street Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.01′ N, 76° 59.897′ W. Marker is in Atlas District, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of H Street Northeast and 6th Street Northeast, on the right when traveling east on H Street Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 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. Get Behind the Wheel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fires of 1968 (about 700 feet away); Cathy Hughes At the Crossroads (approx. 0.2 miles away); Community Caretakers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roll Out the Barrel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Swampoodle (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Changing Faces of H Street (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlas District.
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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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 289 times since then and 15 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 7, 2012, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.