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Pleasant Plains in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Beyond the Basics

Lift Every Voice

 

—Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —

 
Beyond the Basics Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 16, 2016
1. Beyond the Basics Marker
Inscription.
During the Civil War, thousands of once-enslaved people crowded into DC, desperate for shelter, work, and protection. Most vulnerable were orphans and children separated from their families. In 1863 the National Association for the Relief of Destitute Colored Women and Children opened a shelter for them in Georgetown.

The National Home, managed by prominent African American women, was the city’s only foster facility for black children. It taught them basic writing, math and trades and placed them for adoption. Eventually the home moved to 733 Euclid Street. The National Home’s successor donated its building to the Emergent Community Arts Collective, which opened in 2006.

Dolores Tucker, who grew up at 1000 Euclid, remembered a neighborhood filled with schools and teachers. After Tucker’s mother Gladys Williams left teaching to raise her family, “teachers on their way to school used to stop at our home to have coffee with my mother…It was Grand Central Station.”

On the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Fairmont, Italian immigrants Frank and Mary Guerra opened the original Howard Delicatessen in 1923. In 1988 Kenny Gilmore took over the business. Gilmore, godson to the Guerra’s daughter, had grown up two doors away and worked in the deli as a young boy.

Captions:
Children
Beyond the Basics Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 16, 2016
2. Beyond the Basics Marker reverse
of the Merriweather Home (successor to the National Home for Destitute Colored Women and Children) set the table, left, and dress for a Girl Scouts meeting, 1963.

Howard Delicatessen's first owners Mary, left, and Frank Guerra with their daughter Grace Guerra (Urciolo). Below, their successor Kenny Gilmore, with broom, coped with construction on Georgia Ave. in 1991.

Dolores Williams leads mother Gladys and brother Theodore out of their home at 1000 Euclid on her wedding day, 1959.

Arthur Ashe, who won a youth championship at Banneker Recreation Center in the 1950s, returned to hold a tennis clinic there in 1969.

Students at Banneker Junior High School (later Banneker High School), 1942.

Reverse:
How many dreams and memories reside in this short stretch of Georgia Avenue!

South of Florida Avenue where it is called Seventh Street, its heart once beat to jazz riffs and the eager steps of people dressed in their finest. Here swept aromas once wafted from commercial bakeries. Just north of Florida is where hot Saturday afternoons meant Griffith Stadium, the crack of the bat and shouts of baseball-mad crowds. And Georgia continues. It climbs toward Howard University, the historical heart of our country’s African American intellectual community. Farther still, brick temples of learning give way to rowhouses
Beyond the Basics Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 16, 2016
3. Beyond the Basics Marker
and storefronts, and the steady beat of everyday life.

Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail pays homage to the musicians and impresarios, Jewish shop-keepers and African American barbers, intellectuals and activist, and all who built a thriving community along this stretch of one of Washington's oldest thoroughfares.

“Pleasant Plains” once was the name of the Holmead family estate, which spread from Rock Creek to Georgia Avenue north of Columbia Road. Today’s Pleasant Plains neighborhood lies north of the old Holmead land. And while most of this trail lies in Pleasant Plains, it actually starts in Shaw, enters Pleasant Plains at Florida Avenue, crosses through Park View, the neighborhood north of Howard University, and ends in Petworth.

Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail is an Official Washington, DC Walking Trail. The self-guided tour of 19 signs is 1.9 miles long, offering about two hours of gentle, uphill exercise.

Free keepsake guidebooks in English and Spanish are available at businesses and institutions along the way. For more on DC neighborhoods, please visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org.

Collaborators and credits of the Heritage Trail

Caption:Local children attended Miner Normal School’s “practice” elementary school,
Wild Wings image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
4. Wild Wings
715 Euclid Street
around 1900.
Library of Congress
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 12 of 19.)
 
Location. 38° 55.453′ N, 77° 1.39′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Euclid Street, NW, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 715 Euclid Street, NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Merriweather Home for Children (within shouting distance of this marker); Miner Teachers College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Lake So Blue" (about 500 feet away); General Oliver O. Howard (about 600 feet away); Howard Hall (about 600 feet away); Along the "Nile Valley" (about 600 feet away); Teachers and Preachers (about 700 feet away); Howard University Gallery of Art (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
 
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Merriwether Home image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
5. Merriwether Home
Today 733 Euclid is The Emergence Community Arts Collective.
The Howard Delicatessen on Georgia Avenue, mentioned in the marker text. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 24, 2016
6. The Howard Delicatessen on Georgia Avenue, mentioned in the marker text.
Children of the Merriwether Home image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
7. Children of the Merriwether Home
(successor to the National Home for Destitute Colored Women and Children.) set the table.
Close-up of photo on marker
Children of the Merriwether Home image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
8. Children of the Merriwether Home
dress for a Girl Scout Meeting.
Close-up of photo on marker
Miner Teacher's College image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
9. Miner Teacher's College
Football Team Miner Teacher's College 1935 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
10. Football Team Miner Teacher's College 1935
Close-up on photo on marker
Banneker Senior High School image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
11. Banneker Senior High School
Students at Banneker Junior High School, 1942 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
12. Students at Banneker Junior High School, 1942
(later Banneker High School)
Close-up of photo on marker
Arthur Asche image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
13. Arthur Asche
Arthur Asche who won a youth championship at Banneker Recreation Center in the 1950s, returned to hold a tennis clinic there in 1969.
Close-up of photo on marker
The Guerra's image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
14. The Guerra's
Howard Delicatessen's first owners Mary, left, and Frank Guerra with their daughter Grace Guerra (Uricolo).
Close-up of photo on marker
Kenny Gilmore image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
15. Kenny Gilmore
The successor to the Guerra's with broom, coped with construction of Georgia Ave. in 1991.
Close-up of photo on marker
Dolores Williams image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 21, 2015
16. Dolores Williams
Dolores Williams leads mother Gladys and brother Theodore out of their home a 1000 Euclid on her wedding day. 1959.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
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