LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Miller and her father, Howard University dean and Sociologist Kelly Miller, hosted poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1897 when Dunbar first moved here from Dayton, Ohio. Soon after he moved to 1934 Fourth Street, at this corner. “The best Negroes in the country find their way to the capital,” Dunbar wrote, “and I have a very congenial and delightful circle of friends.” Among them were Robert and Mary Church Terrell, who purchased number 1936 Fourth Street in 1893 through a “straw,” a white person acting on their behalf.
Poet Langston Hughes lived with cousins nearby at 2213 Fourth Street in 1924. Unlike Dunbar, Hughes found Washington's black society “as unbearable and snobbish a group of people as I have ever come in contact with.” In fact his high-class cousins looked down on the series of menial jobs Hughes was forced to take. Fortunately he was able to enjoy evenings at Seventh Street's nightclubs, where he found inspiration for his innovative jazz poetry.
Location. 38° 55.044′ N, 77° 1.062′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Elm Street Northwest and 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on Elm Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 Elm Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); T Street Elites (about 500 feet away); Willis Richardson Residence (about 500 feet away); A Voice from the South (about 700 feet away); Freedmen's Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Flower Garden of Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
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