Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, D.C. —
This school, completed in 1872, was one of three public elementary schools built for DC's black children just after the Civil War. Its name honors U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, who fought to abolish slavery here, pay black soldiers the same as whites, establish the Freedman's Bureau, and provide education to all children. Designed by Adolf Cluss, Sumner opened as the city's most modern school building. After it closed in 1978, Sumner School was saved from demolition through an organized community effort. Today it serves as a museum on public education and the repository of the DC Public School System's official archives.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.356′ N, 77° 2.298′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 17th Street NW and M Street NW, on the right when traveling north on 17th Street NW. Touch for map. Located at the entrance to the Charles Sumner School and Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nuns of the Battlefield (about 500 feet away); Daniel Webster Memorial (about 600 feet away); General Federation of Women’s Clubs (about 600 feet away); Admiral Miguel Grau (about 700 feet away); Winfield Scott (about 700 feet away); Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Metropolitan AME Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a photograph of a classroom captioned, Sewing class in a DC public elementary school, around 1899. From the Francis Benjamin Johnson Collection, Library of Congress.
Also see . . . Charles Sumner School. National Park Service page. (Submitted on June 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,530 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on July 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 7. submitted on May 22, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.