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Shaw in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Grief Turns to Anger

Lift Every Voice

 

—Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —

 
Grief Turns to Anger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
1. Grief Turns to Anger Marker
Inscription. Thursday Evening, April 4, 1968. The news that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been assassinated in Memphis makes its way like lightning through the city. Nearby at 14th and U Streets — once the cultural heart of DC's African American community and a bustling area where hundreds change buses and shop — faces register first shock and then anger. People demand that businesses close out of respect for Dr. King. Then individuals begin breaking windows, looting some places, burning others. The violence spreads along U Street to this intersection, where, over the next three days, almost every white-owned business on Seventh between S Street and Florida Avenue is destroyed.

A United Planning Organization leader tells the Washington Post that day, “Black Americans feel more divided from white Americans than at any time in this century.”

The 1968 riots were, in large part, a response to inequities in housing, jobs, and schools, and to the city's neglect of black neighborhoods. “We're burning the rats and roaches along with everything else,” proclaimed a youngster who had just set fire to a store here on Seventh Street. The rubble and crime left behind scarred this Neighborhood for years, and those who once enjoyed its restaurants and clubs stayed away. While officials
Reverse of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
2. Reverse of Marker
How Many Dreams And Memories reside in this short stretch of Georgia Avenue!

South of Florida Avenue, where it is called Seventh Street, its heart once beat to jazz riffs and the eager steps of people dressed in their finest. Here sweet aromas once wafted from commercial bakeries. Just north of Florida is where hot Saturday afternoons meant Griffith Stadium: the crack of the bat and shouts of baseball-mad crowds. And Georgia continues. It climbs toward Howard University, the historical heart of our country's African American intellectual community. Farther still, brick temples of learning give way to rowhouses and storefronts, and the steady beat of everyday life.

Lift Every Voice: Georgia Avenue Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail pays homage to the musicians and impresarios, Jewish shop-keepers and African American barbers, intellectuals and activists, and all who built a thriving community along this stretch of one of Washington's oldest thoroughfares. “Pleasant Plains” once was the name of the Holmead family estate, which spread from Rock Creek to Georgia Avenue north of Columbia Road. Today's Pleasant Plains neighborhood lies mostly south of the old Holmead land. And while most of this trail lies in Pleasant Plains, it actually starts in Shaw, enters Pleasant Plains at Florida Avenue, crosses through Park View, the neighborhood north of Howard University, and ends in Petworth.

Lift Every Voice: Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail is an Official Washington DC Walking Trail. The self-guided tour of 19 signs is 1.9 miles long, offering tow hours of gentle uphill exercise.
and activists worked on rebuilding plans almost immediately — a playground opened in summer 1969 where Waxie Maxie's had stood at 1836 Seventh Street, across Seventh close to T Street — it would take many long years and the 1991 opening of this Metro station to make substantial progress.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 1 of 19.)
 
Location. 38° 54.854′ N, 77° 1.31′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street (U.S. 29) and S Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the Shaw/Howard University Metro Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1805 7th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howard Theatre (was about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society (about 600 feet away); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (about 600 feet away); Armed Resistance (about 700 feet away); The Flower Garden of Washington (about 700 feet away); Washington Conservatory of Music and School of Expression/Harriet Gibbs-Marscall/Mary P. Burrill
Grief Turns to Anger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
3. Grief Turns to Anger Marker
In front of the Uprising Muffin Company
(about 800 feet away); The Doctor Is In (approx. 0.2 miles away); Willis Richardson Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
7th and S Streets Northwest image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
4. 7th and S Streets Northwest
A View Through the Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
5. A View Through the Ruins
A view through the ruins of Dox Liquors, which once stood on this corner, of businesse across Seventh Street, April 16, 1968.
Close-up of photo on reverse of marker
Dox Liquors image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
6. Dox Liquors
Pharmacist Phil Rosen opened Dox Liquors on this corner in 1950.
Close-up of photo on marker
Phil Rosen and Joe Louis image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
7. Phil Rosen and Joe Louis
[Phil Rosen] … welcomed boxer Joe Louis, who was promoting Joe Louis Kentucky Bourbon.
Close-up of photo on marker
In Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
8. In Ruins
[Dox Liquors] lies In ruins. April 1968.
Close-up of photo on marker
Looting image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
9. Looting
A looter vaults the counter at Manhattan Auto, Seventh and R. before the building bursts into flames.
Close-up of photo on marker
Standing Guard image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
10. Standing Guard
A few days later, soldiers stand guard outside the burned-out Manhattan Auto showroom.
Close-up of photo on marker
Waxie Maxie's Burned Out image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
11. Waxie Maxie's Burned Out
Close-up of photo on marker
Plans to Replace Waxie Maxie's image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
12. Plans to Replace Waxie Maxie's
In February 1969, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development George Romney and President Richard Nixon presented to Mayor Walter Washington, right, plans for a park to replace the ruined Waxie Maxie's.
Close-up of photo on marker
Chuck Brown Way image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
13. Chuck Brown Way
7th Street here is named for the Godfather of Go Go.
Marvin Gaye image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
14. Marvin Gaye
This Mural of Mavin Gaye by Aneikan Udofo can be seen on the wall of Log Cabin Liquor at 7th and S Streets Northwest.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on June 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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