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Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

What a Beautiful Location, Brightwood

Battleground to Community

 

—Brightwood Heritage Trail —

 
What a Beautiful Location, Brightwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
1. What a Beautiful Location, Brightwood Marker
Inscription. In the 1930s as now, this area was a family friendly, "move-up" destination for hard-working government clerks and professionals. Like many DC neighborhoods, Brightwood had covenants prohibiting sales to certain white ethnics and African Americans. Over time, though, the covenants against white ethnics were broken, and by the late 1940s Brightwood became known for its Greek, Jewish, and Italian families. Yet in these blocks were few African Americans.

In 1948 the Supreme Court ruled that race-restrictive housing covenants could not be enforced. In 1954 the Court overturned school segregation. Some white families, fearing racial change, moved on. Others were lured by newer suburban housing. Still others defied block busting efforts and stayed. The African American families who joined them came for the reasons many stayed: attractive houses with friendly neighbors that were convenient to stores, schools, and transportation. Ann Gardener, whose family arrived in 1958, remembers telling her husband, "What a beautiful location, Brightwood."

The St. John United Baptist Church is the second house of worship to occupy this corner. The building opened in 1958 as Agudath Achim synagogue. Agudath Achim, organized in 1939 in a house on Quackenbos Street, peaked in the late 1950s with more than 400 families. As its members
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By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
2. What a Beautiful Location, Brightwood Marker
moved to the suburbs, the congregation declined. Finally in 1977 it merged with Har Tzeon in Wheaton, Maryland, and sold the building to St. John United Missionary Baptist Church. St. John was organized in 1976 and, led by Rev. Dr. John M. Alexander, Jr., first met at Meridian Hill Baptist Church, its primary mission is winning souls for Christ, while serving as a community resource, providing clothing, food, fellowship, and meeting space for various community groups.
 
Erected by Cultural Heritage DC.
 
Location. 38° 58.059′ N, 77° 1.774′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Tuckerman Street and Thirteenth Street, on the right when traveling east on Tuckerman Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20012, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Seventh Street Turnpike (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Automobiling on The Avenue (about 800 feet away); Park and Shop! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Never Again Such Homes At the Price! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens (approx.
Rose and Carole Sue Price image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
3. Rose and Carole Sue Price
Rose Price helps daughter Carole Sue cool off on Roxboro Place, 1940.
Close-up of photo on marker
Collection of Carole Price Perlin
0.2 miles away); Scale Model of Fort Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battleground National Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail
 
Also see . . .
1. Brightwood Heritage Trail. (Submitted on April 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim. Through the lens, Jeremy Goldberg's Washington (Submitted on April 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
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By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
4. 25th Anniversary
Founding Rabbi Herman and Mrs. Evelyn Waldman celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary at Agudath Achim, 1959.
Close-up of photo on marker
Collection of Marvin Waldman
Agudath Achim image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
5. Agudath Achim
Portions of this early home of Agudath Achim, including the chimney, were incorporated into the new building.
Close-up of photo on marker
D.C. Public Library
Logan Deoudes image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
6. Logan Deoudes
Teenager Logan Deoudes of Somerset Place poses on his motorcycle at Fort Stevens around 1960.
Close-up of photo on marker
Collection of Logan Doudes
St. John United Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
7. St. John United Baptist Church
St. John Baptist members Annie Butler and Deacon Melvin Kennedy present a gift to Pastor John Alexander.
Close-up of photo on marker
Photo by Mara Cherkasky
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By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
8. Blizzard
Rev. Dr. Henry Miles, resident of Tewkesbury Place and founder of the Brightwood Civic Association, takes on a mid-1970s blizzard.
Close-up of photo on marker
Collection of Mary Miles
Dinner image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
9. Dinner
Maxwell Honemond, Lena Kennedy, Rev. Henry Miles of the Third Baptist Church, and Lee Honemond enjoy dinner at the Miles home on Tewkesbury Place after Morehouse Recognition Sunday, 1975.
Close-up of photo on reverse of marker
Collection of Mary Miles
St. John United Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
10. St. John United Baptist Church
West Front
St. John / Agudath Achim image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
11. St. John / Agudath Achim
The eastern wall in the rear of St. John Baptist displays a brick Menorah, a remnant of Agudath Achim synagogue.
The Menorah image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
12. The Menorah
You Are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 18, 2013
13. You Are Here
Close-up of Brightwood Heritage Trail Map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 602 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on April 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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