Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Upheaval and Activism
Village in the City
—Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail —
The efforts of local activists and tenants of the once elegant Kenesaw Apartment House led to a landmark housing law. Facing eviction in the mid-1970s, the tenants decided to buy the run-down building. Their neighbor, DC Councilmember David Clarke, co-sponsored legislation ensuring all tenants the first right to purchase their building when it is offered for sale. Thanks to this 1980 law, renters with limited incomes purchased 3149 Mt. Pleasant Street and 1611 Park Road, among many other buildings.
Also at this time, the Wilson Center, now a charter school where 15th Street meets 16th, became a hub of Latino community activism. The center was named for Woodrow Wilson, who worshipped there when it was Central Presbyterian Church. The Latin American Youth Center, formed by young Latino organizers,
As you proceed to Sign 3, don't miss the small wooden house at 3130 16th Street. From 1927 to 1945 this was the home of John Ernest White, chauffer to Presidents Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC - Mount Pleasant Historical Trail. (Marker Number 2 of 17.)
Location. 38° 55.757′ N, 77° 2.194′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 16th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3118 16th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Turbulence and Change (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wilson Center (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Pleasant Library (about 500 feet away); Mount Pleasant Street, ca. 2004 (about 500 feet away); The Trolley Arrives in Mount Pleasant (about 500 feet away); The First Bodega (about 600 feet away); Francis Asbury (about 600 feet away); Fashionable 16th Street (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
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