Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An African American Enclave
Battleground to Community
—Brightwood Heritage Trail —
During the Civil War, Fort Stevens and Camp Brightwood attracted more freedmen and women seeking work and protection. For the next 90 years, black families worked the land, remaining in substantial wood-framed housese even as surrounding farms fell to subdivsions. St. Luke Baptist Church, founded near Fort Totten in 1879,occupied this corner for 29 years. It was the heart of the community. But city redevelopment forced it to move in 1960. The congregation relocated south to Colorado Avenue and later 1415 Gallatin Street, NW.
Brightwood's first public school for black children, known as Military Road School, opened at the end of the Civil War in a small wood-frame building close to the school's present site.
Over time, modern development consumed most of the old settlement. Some families, like
Erected 2008 by Cultural Heritage DC. (Marker Number 7.)
Location. 38° 57.798′ N, 77° 2.011′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street NW and Rock Creek Ford Road NW on 14th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6040 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Road School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Entrepreneurs (about 700 feet away); School Days (about 700 feet away); Never Again Such Homes At the Price! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aunt Betty's Story (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Get Down You Fool” (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens (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 . . . Brightwood Heritage Trail. (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 50 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. submitted on March 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.