LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Voice from the South
—LeDroit Park/Bloomington Heritage Trail —
This Circle Honors Anna Julia Haywood Cooper the educator and civil and women's rights advocate who lived in the gracious house at 201 T Street from 1916 until her death in 1964 at age 105. Born into slavery, Cooper graduated from Oberlin College. She taught at DC's prestigious M Street School, the nation's first high school for African Americans, and became its principal in 1902. Despite pressure to emphasize vocational subjects, Cooper stressed academics. Consequently many of her students won Ivy league college scholarships. She also helped organize the Colored Woman's League of Washington, D.C., received a Ph.D. in French from the Sorbonne at age 65, and presided over Frellinghuysen University. a night school for working adults.
At age 55, Cooper became guardian for five grand nieces and nephews, the youngest just six months old. “To house their southern exuberence,” she wrote. she purchased her LeDroit Park home. “The house had been used as a chicken yard by its white tenants and I immediately set about landscaping.”
The double house at 1901-03 Third Street once belonged to General William M. Birney, a white Union military officer who recruited enslaved African Americans during the Civil War (1861-1865). Birney latter a U.S. attorney for DC, published a biography of his father,
Now restored to its original State, Anna Cooper Circle was split in half for many years for the convenience of cars and buses. Longtime preservationist Theresa Brown spearheaded the restoration effort in 1982. When Brown and LeDroit Park Civic Association Secretary Lauretta Jackson helped gain Historic District status for LeDroit Park in 1974, Howard University was prevented from razing original houses to expand its campus.
Erected 2015 by Cultural Heritage DC. (Marker Number 3.)
Location. 38° 54.955′ N, 77° 0.955′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Anna J. Cooper Circle NW and T Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Anna J. Cooper Circle NW. Touch for map. In Anna J. Cooper Circle Park. 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. Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site (about 400 feet away); T Street Elites (about 600 feet away); Best in the Country (about Willis Richardson Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Flower Garden of Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (approx. ¼ mile away); Howard Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
Also see . . .
1. Ledroit Park, African American Heritage Trail. Cultural Tourism DC (Submitted on September 4, 2015.)
2. The Anna Julia Cooper Center. Wake Forest University (Submitted on September 4, 2015.)
3. Anna J. Cooper. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 4, 2015.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil •
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