LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
T Street Elites
—LeDroit Park/Bloomington Heritage Trail —
Walter E. Washington and his wife, Bennetta Bullock Washington, lived with her family at 408 T Street. Mrs. Washington's father was the Reverend George Bullock. President Lyndon Johnson appointed Walter Washington DC mayor-commissioner in 1967. Eight years later, with the return of limited Home Rule to DC, he took office as the city's first elected mayor since 1871. Bennetta Washington received her Ph.D. in 1939 and was a nationally recognized expert on the impact of poverty on education and employment.
Robert H. and Mary Church Terrell moved to their second LeDroit Park home, half of a double house ate at 326 T Street, in 1899. Robert Terrell, a Harvard graduate, became DC's first black Municipal Court judge in 1902. Mary Terrell, the National Association of Colored Women's first president, was instrumental in desegregating Washington. The 1953 Supreme Court decision to uphold 80-year-old laws guaranteeing equal access to restaurants, stores, and other public facilities resulted from a lawsuit initiated by Mary Terrell and fellow activists.
Colonel West Alexander Hamilton, a commander of the all-black 366th Infantry in World War II, lived at 413 T Street. He later fought
Equally distinguished was Dr. Ernest Everett Just, a pioneering cell biologist at Howard University who lived at 412 T Street with his family. Dr. Just's Howard University colleague Dr. Charles Sumner Syphax, a mathematics professor and descendant of Martha Washington's nephew, lived with his family at 315, then 414, and later at 313 T Street.
Erected 2015 by Cultural Tourism, DC. (Marker Number 2.)
Location. 38° 54.955′ N, 77° 1.079′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on T Street Northwest when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 417 T Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willis Richardson Residence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site (about 500 feet away); Best in the Country (about 500 feet away); A Voice from the South (about 600 feet away); The Flower Garden of Washington (about 600 feet away); Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (about 800 feet away); Howard Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
Categories. • African Americans • Man-Made Features •
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