Historical Markers in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia
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Howard University has a long history of student activism for civil rights, peace, and academic reform.
Students of the 1930s and '40s protested lynchings nationwide and DC businesses that snubbed African Americans. In the early 1960s . . . — — Map (db m130758) HM
"The Divine Nine Help Shape Black American History"
[Years of the "Divine Nine" historically black fraternities’ and sororities' founding shown]
1906 [Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity founded at Cornell University]
1908 [Alpha Kappa Alpha . . . — — Map (db m142280) HM
A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins
Charles Robert Samuel Taylor, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, which was founded on Howard University's campus on January 9, 1914, envisioned a sister organization that would give life and inspiration to . . . — — Map (db m174830) HM
With its Afro-centric shops and connections to Howard University, this stretch of Georgia Avenue has been called the “Nile Valley.” Blue Nile Botanicals opened first at 2826 Georgia in 1977. Hodari Ali, a former editor of Howard’s . . . — — Map (db m130761) HM
Andrew F. Hilyer (1858-1925) fought racism and promoted the "moral, material, and financial interests" of African Americans through the Union League of the District of Columbia, which he co-founded in 1892. Hilyer's Union League Directory . . . — — Map (db m111803) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m130762) HM
Commemorating the Centennial Year Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Rankin Chapel, site of the Founder's Window erected in honor of the Sixteen Pillars of AKA, January 14, 1978.
Dr. Barbara A. McKinzie, Centennial International . . . — — Map (db m15659) HM
The area west of this spot once was an Irish and German immigrant neighborhood known as “Cowtown.” That's because, before 1871, cows, pigs, and sheep roamed freely here, while those kept in Washington City, south of Boundary Street (today's . . . — — Map (db m130763) HM
Back in the '60s, everyone came to Murph's.
Ed Murphy's Supper Club, that is, located across Georgia Avenue from 1963 to 1975. In the beginning suits and ties were mandatory for the club's highpowered male patrons. But as the Black Power . . . — — Map (db m130773) HM
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. commissioned Chicago artist James King to create a sculpture of its Founders. "Fortitude" was dedicated on April 28, 1979. She stands 12' 6" with a 12' hand-to-hand arm span. Sculpted in Corten steel, the metal was . . . — — Map (db m112009) HM
Founders Library houses wide-ranging collections, the university's museum, and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, one of the world's largest repositories dedicated to the culture and history of people of African descent. Dedicated in 1939, the . . . — — Map (db m116653) HM
Howard Hall was completed in 1869 as the home of white Civil War General Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), for whom Howard University was named. As commissioner of the Bureau of Refuges, Freedman and Abandoned Lands (Freedman's Bureau), General Howard . . . — — Map (db m65707) HM
Howard University, one of the oldest Black colleges in the United States, was established by Congress in 1866 to educate formerly enslaved individuals. Its name honors Freedman's Bureau Commissioner General Oliver Otis Howard, a member of the white . . . — — Map (db m66401) HM
The Howard University Gallery of Art was established in 1928 on the lower level of Rankin Chapel. Professor James V. Herring (1897-1969), founder of the University's Art Department, and professor and artist James A Porter (1905-1970) were its . . . — — Map (db m85112) HM
Kelly Miller (1863-1939), a prominent Howard University scholar and leader, taught mathematics and sociology. He went on to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Miller laid the groundwork for the formation of African American sociology . . . — — Map (db m111801) HM
During the Civil War (1861-1865), thousands of formerly enslaved people came to Washington in search of new lives. They needed work, education, shelter – and health care. In 1862 the U.S. government responded with Freedmen’s Hospital, located . . . — — Map (db m130764) HM
The National Association for the Relief of Destitute Colored Women and Children was established by an 1863 Act of Congress. Elizabeth Keckley (ca. 1818-1907), former slave and seamstress for Mary Todd Lincoln, was a founding member and spent her . . . — — Map (db m112005) HM
Miner Teachers College, which operated here from 1914 until 1955, was the principal school training black teachers in the city for more than 70 years. Named for Myrtilla Miner (1815-1864), a white educator who founded Miner Normal School in 1851, . . . — — Map (db m114359) HM
Front of Marker:
Omega Psi Phi
Founded November 17, 1911
Edgar A. Love
1891 - 1974
Dedicated Nov. 16, 1975
Sampson P. . . . — — Map (db m112012) HM
In tribute to three visionary Howard University students, the Founders of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., A. Langston Taylor of Tennessee, Leonard F. Morse of Massachusetts and Charles I. Brown of Kansas, who here resolved in 1914 to establish a . . . — — Map (db m112008) HM
In Recognition of
Sara Winifred Brown, M.D.
Her medical degree was awarded by Howard University in 1904. She served as the first female graduate trustee of Howard University, 1924-1948.
In 1910, she was one of the founders of the . . . — — Map (db m112010) HM
As the Civil War was ended in 1865, most formerly enslaved African Americans arriving in the District could not read or write. The following year members of the First Congregational Society considered organizing a school to train teachers and . . . — — Map (db m130765) HM
Dedicated in memory of the first African American to serve the citizens of the District of Columbia as Fire Chief.
Chief Johnson was appointed to Engine Company #4 on January 16, 1943 and retired as Fire Chief of the department on March 1, . . . — — Map (db m142337) HM
The body of water that inspired the line in Howard University’s alma mater, “far above the lake so blue stands old Howard firm and true,” is McMillan Reservoir, which opened in 1902 to supply water to the city. The reservoir and . . . — — Map (db m130766) HM
Will Marion Cook (1869-1944) was an internationally renowned violinist and composer. After studying music at Oberlin College (Ohio) and the National Conservatory of Music (New York), Cook turned to creating musical comedies. Among them was . . . — — Map (db m111802) HM
Presented during the 75th Anniversary
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Founded January 16, 1920
Jylla Moore Foster, Grand Basileus
Grace Walker Phillips, Memorial Chair
July 16, 1995
Builder: M.C.M.C. Designers: Terrence Brown & . . . — — Map (db m115573) HM