Deanwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
With These Hands
A Self-Reliant People
—Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail —
In the 1920s Jacob and Randolph Dodd built about 50 structures in Deanwood, including numbers 906, 910, 920, 925, 928, and 929 48th Street. They bought lots or built on those owned by white developers, often to designs of Lewis W. Giles, Sr. Randolph Dodd regularly trained, hired, and aided Deanwood's craftsmen. To save money, the Dodds installed windows only in the front and back of the houses. Owners sometimes cut side windows later.
Louis Jasper Logan worked as a brick mason and general contractor in DC, building homes for his family at 4905 Meade Street and 1000 48th Place. According to the family, Logan arrived from North Carolina in the 1920s with training from North Carolina A&T, “a peanut crop, and $100 in this pocket.” Logan parlayed these into success, “ led a humble life, yet died a millionare” known for his generosity.
Edward L. Wright of 47th Place, another self-sufficient craftsman, built Deanwood's first television set, trained other to make TVs and broadcast and citizen band radios. Andrew Turner's mechanical aptitude led him to become a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. Neighbors still
Long an Country Town at the edge of Washington DC's urban center, Deanwood was forged out of former slave plantations during decades following the Civil War. It became one of Washington's earliest predominantly African American Communities.
Greater Deanwood today emcompasses the historic neighborhoods of Deanwood, Burrville, Lincoln Heights, and Whittingham.
In the 1800s, much of Washington's development followed decisions made by city leaders and investors, who favored areas northwest of Anacostia. Land here remained relatively untouched, and many streets were unpaved into the 1960s. Because builders chose not to apply racial restrictions on who could buy here, African American migrants found Deanwood welcoming, affordable, and convenient. The pioneering National Training School for Women and Girls, founded by Nannie Helen Burroughs (whose portrait appears on each Deanwood Heritage Trail sign), attracted educators to the neighborhood. New residents often built their own homes and created communities where for years no one locked their doors, adults treated all children as their own, and children behaved accordingly. On this trail you will see rich parkland, handcrafted dwellings, and religious and social gathering places that have made Deanwood an oasis of
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 8 of 15.)
Location. 38° 54.165′ N, 76° 56.019′ W. Marker is in Deanwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 48th Street and Sheriff Road when traveling north on 48th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in the side yard of 4803 Sheriff Road Northeast. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20019, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Gardens to Garden Apartments (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shopping on Sheriff (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Whirl on the Ferris Wheel (was approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Lederer Gardens (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Rural to Residential (approx. 0.3 miles away); Designed to Compete (approx. 0.3 miles away); National Training School for Women and Girls/ Nannie Helen Burroughs (approx. 0.4 miles away); 100 Years of Afro-American History (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deanwood.
Also see . . .
1. A Self-Reliant People. Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail, Cultural Tourism DC. (Submitted on March 14, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Jacob Dodd-built houses, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
3. Randolph Dodd Home, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on March 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.