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Historical Markers in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia

 
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1District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 10 — "Strike!"Lift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
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
2District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — "The Divine Nine Help Shape Black American History"
"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
3District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins / Constitutionally Bound
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
4District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 13 — Along the "Nile Valley"Lift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
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
5District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Andrew F. Hilyer Residence SiteAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 2352 Sixth Street, NW —
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
6District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 12 — Beyond the BasicsLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
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
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7District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Centennial Year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
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
8District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 8 — Cleaning Up CowtownLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
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
9District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Day of Honor 2000
African American • Asian American Hispanic American • Native American Day of Honor 2000 Still pursuing victory over prejudice at home WWII VVMap (db m115574) HM
10District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 7 — Ed Murphy WayLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
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
11District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Fortitude
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
12District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Founders Library and Moorland-Spingarn Research CenterAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 500 Howard Place, NW, Howard University Campus —
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
13District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — General Oliver O. Howard
Residence of General Oliver O. Howard founder of Howard University 1869 - 1874Map (db m9263) HM
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14District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Howard HallAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington D.C. — 607 Howard Place, NW —
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
15District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Howard UniversityAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — Sixth Street and Howard Place, NW —
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
16District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Howard University Gallery of ArtAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington DC — Lulu Vere Childers Hall, Howard University Campus —
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
17District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Kelly Miller Residence SiteAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 2225 Fourth Street, NW —
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
18District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 6 — Medical Care for All"Lift Every Voice" — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
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
19District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Merriweather Home for ChildrenAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, D.C. — 733 Euclid Street, NW —
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
20District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Miner Teachers CollegeAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 2565 Georgia Avenue, NW —
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
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21District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.Founded November 17, 1911 — Howard University, Washington, D.C. —
Front of Marker: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Founded November 17, 1911 Howard University Washington, D.C. Manhood Founder Edgar A. Love 1891 - 1974 Dedicated Nov. 16, 1975 Sampson P. . . . Map (db m112012) HM
22District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Phi Beta Sigma
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
23District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Sara Winifred Brown, M.D.The National Association of University Women — Incorporated 1924, District of Columbia —
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
24District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society D.C. Alpha Chapter Chartered in 1956 "Dedicated to excellence" Map (db m110807) HM
25District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 9 — Teachers and PreachersLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
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
26District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — The Burton W. Johnson HouseEngine Company 4 — Organized February 21, 1870 —
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
27District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 11 — The Lake So BlueLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —
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
28District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Will Marion Cook Family Residence SiteAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 2232 Sixth Street, NW —
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
29District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Presented during the 75th Anniversary of 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
 
 
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Dec. 1, 2022