U Street Corridor (Shaw) in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington Conservatory of Music and School of Expression
Harriet Gibbs-Marscall/Mary P. Burrill
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —
902 T Street, NW
The Washington Conservatory of Music and School of Expression, which operated in this building from 1903 until 1960, was one of DC's earliest African American arts institutions.
Harriet Gibbs-Marshall (1868-1941), the first African American to graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, founded the school to inspire and train African American musicians and to preserve the rich heritage of African American music. Mary P. Burrill (ca. 1884-1946), a native Washingtonian, directed the school and taught from 1907 until 1911. Burrill is credited with writing the first feminist play by a black woman, They That Sit in Darkness (1919).
Moorland-Singarn Research Center, Howard University
Erected by DC Cultural Tourism.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 54.93′ N, 77° 1.442′ W. Marker is in U Street Corridor (Shaw), District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of T Street and 9th Street, on the left when traveling west on T Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 902 T Street, NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Scurlock Studio Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Howard University Sets the Standard (about 500 feet away); Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society (about 600 feet away); African American Civil War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Armed Resistance (about 700 feet away); Civil War Camp to Victorian Neighborhood (about 800 feet away); Grief Turns to Anger (about 800 feet away); Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia (about 800 feet away).
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
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