Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—Diverse Visions | One Neighborhood —
After her death the Miner Fund was created with $40,000 received from the sale of the three-acre lot. Interest on the money was used to operate a new three story 12-room building at 1613 P St. In 1889 the Miner School became part of the public school system, one of the earliest publicly supported teacher training institutions in the nation for African Americans. Miner Normal School became part of DC Teachers College (left) in 1955 and was folded into the University of the District of Columbia in 1974.
Edith Galt, the widow of a Washington jeweler, lived at 1308 20th St., across from the Heurich mansion, until December 18, 1915 when she was married there to President Woodrow
Fire Fact | July 23, 1892
Box 325 (nearby) was sounded at 2:36 am for fire at the Heurich and Company Brewery, 1229 20th St. NW. This was the third disastrous fire at this location following 1881 and 1888. Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire Museum
Fire alarm boxes such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Telegraphs transmitted the box number (top) to a fire alarm center. This system was used until the 1970s when the boxes were converted to a telephone system. By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced by the 911 system and was abandoned.
Artist | Mamdou Cherif
Born in the Ivory Coast and raised in Paris, Cherif’s artistry is a bridge between African art and European influences. The front of the sculpture shows two of the fountain’s statues with figures walking and playing chess below; the back depicts the jetting water with two people emerging from its spray. The red letters represent the inscription on the fountain’s base.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 326.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Art on Call marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1253 20th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The House of Brig. Gen. George P. Scriven (within shouting distance of this marker); Democracy Tree (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Martyn Robert (about 600 feet away); Theodore Roosevelt (about 700 feet away); Dupont Circle Mural Key (about 700 feet away); The first houses south and west of Dupont Circle (about 800 feet away); You are standing at the heart (about 800 feet away); John Witherspoon (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
Categories. • African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Education • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 405 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 13, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 7, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on February 24, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.