Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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—Georgia Avenue./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
During the segregation era (1880s-1950s), white universities discriminated in their hiring. But Howard hired African Americans with PhDs, assembling a faculty of extraordinary gifts and accomplishments. Luminaries included historian Carter G. Woodson, philosopher Alain Locke, sociologists Kelly Miller and E. Franklin Prazier, artist Lois Mailou Jones, and educator Lucy Diggs Slowe. Appointed in 1926 as Howard's first black president, the Reverend Mordecai W. Johnson elevated Howard from a small, underfunded institution into “the Capstone,” a highly respected, PhD-granting university.
In the early 1930S, under Dean Charles Hamilton Houston, Howard's law school trained future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The two later led an NAACP team whose efforts eventually toppled legal
Atop the hill is Howard Hall (1869), originally home to the Civil War hero for whom the university is named. General Oliver Otis Howard led the Freedmen's Bureau, helped found the school, and served as its third president.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 9 of 19.)
Location. 38° 55.344′ N, 77° 1.344′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Howard Place, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howard Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); General Oliver O. Howard (within shouting distance of this marker); "Strike!" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Howard University (about 400 feet away); Miner Teachers College Cleaning Up Cowtown (about 500 feet away); Beyond the Basics (about 700 feet away); Merriweather Home for Children (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on August 29, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.