Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Battleground to Community
—Brightwood Heritage Trail —
Abraham Posin, founder of Posin's Deli and Bakery, was typical of the newcomers. His family had immigrated from Russia around 1910. Young Abraham visited an uncle living in Washington, where he met and married Gertrude Rose, another Russian émigré. The couple opened a store in Foggy Bottom. Posin's followed its Jewish customers' northward migration, first to the Arcade Market in Columbia Heights. Finally it opened here in 1947 at 5657 Georgia Avenue. Abe's sons, World War II veterans Max and Hyman, eventually took over the store.
Although most of his Jewish customers moved on in the 1950s, Max stayed to serve the African Americans and Caribbean immigrants who took their places. Everyone was welcome. Max died in 1995, and his son Randy closed the store three years later.
The Firehouse just beyond Posin's is here because, back in 1891, residents formed the Brightwood Citizens' Association
The church at 5714 Georgia became the home of Canaan Baptist Church in 1956. In less than ten years, the robust church outgrew the space and moved to 16th Street in Mount Pleasant.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 3.)
Location. 38° 57.609′ N, 77° 1.693′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Georgia Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on the sidewalk between 5768 Georgia Avenue (Usulutan Grocery) and 5764 (Papa John's Pizza). Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crossroads Create Community (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Build It And They Will Come (about 500 feet away); Mayor Emery and the Union Army (about 600 feet away); A Streetcar Named Brightwood (approx. 0.2 miles away); School Days (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Get Down You Fool” The Rock on Brightwood Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); Aunt Betty's Story (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
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 633 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on May 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 16. submitted on May 30, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.