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Anacostia Heritage Trail Historical Markers

This series is for the historical markers put out by DC Tourism that make up the Anacostia Heritage Trail.
 
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By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2016
A Museum for the Community Marker
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 9 — A Museum for the Community — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Across the street is the former Carver Theatre, built in 1948 as the first nonsegregated movie house in Southeast Washington. It closed in 1957 becoming, in turn, a roller rink, a church, and a funeral parlor. Then a decade later, a museum . . . — Map (db m100824) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 13 — A Neighborhood Oasis — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Follow Good Hope Road under the highway to your left to reach Anacostia Park, a longtime neighborhood oasis. In 1914, after years of citizen requests, Congress directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to "improve" the Anacostia River by . . . — Map (db m112937) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 8 — Birney School — An East-of-the River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
The Handsome Italian Renaissance Building. across the street opened as James G. Birney Elementary School in 1901. Its wood-frame predecessor, the original 1889 Birney School, was the first school built with public funds for African American . . . — Map (db m100669) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 14 — Booth's Escape — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Late On The Night Of April 14, 1865, a guard at the other end of the Navy Yard Bridge allowed a young man on horseback to cross, despite a wartime curfew. Unbeknownst to the guard, the rider, John Wilkes Booth, had just shot President Abraham . . . — Map (db m100715) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 10 — Crossing Lines — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Across the street is the former 11th Precinct Police Station. In 1993 it became the Max Robinson Center for Health and Living, providing services for people with HIV/AIDS. Whether by design or by accident, in 1910 the city built . . . — Map (db m100763) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 16 — Education Matters — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Anacostia's Ketcham School (across Good Hope Road) opened in 1908 to serve white elementary school children. For junior and senior high school, whites crossed the river until 1935, when Anacostia Junior-Senior High School opened at 16th and R . . . — Map (db m112790) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 2 — Faith and Action — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
You are standing at the main crossroads of Barry Farm, a post-Civil War (1861-1865) village settled by the formerly enslaved. Some Barry Farm-era churches still serve the neighborhood. Macedonia Baptist Church, about a block to your left . . . — Map (db m100825) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 19 — Mother Churches and Their Daughters — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Across This Intersection is St. Teresa of Avila, the first Catholic Church east of the Anacostia River. It is called the “mother church” because many area congregations are its offshoots. As Uniontown grew, so did its Catholic . . . — Map (db m112818) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 20 — Rose's Row — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Across the intersection to your left is Rose's Row, three one-family and three two-family houses built in 1890 by local saloon-keeper William H. Rose. Rose's son Daniel designed them in the popular Italianate style and carefully crafted a . . . — Map (db m112938) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 12 — The Big Chair — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
This Anacostia icon once marked the entrance to Curtis Brothers Furniture Co. The business dated to 1926, when young Fred and George Curtis acquired a Model T Ford truck to deliver ice, then progressed to moving furniture. They soon rented a . . . — Map (db m100690) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 18 — The Sage of Anacostia — An East-of-the River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
This imposing property once belonged to Anacostia’s most famous resident: Frederick Douglass. After escaping slavery as a young man, Douglass rose to become a distinguished abolitionist, writer, publisher, and orator. By the 1860s Douglass was . . . — Map (db m88723) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 11 — Transit and Trade — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
The arrival of modern transportation after the Civil War transformed Anacostia. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad opened a branch line along the river here in 1874, brining industry. Two years later businessman and developer Henry Griswold launched . . . — Map (db m112939) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 17 — Uniontown, DC's First Suburb — East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Today's Anacostia Historic District began in 1854 as Uniontown, Washington's first planned suburb. The Union Land Association saw the large Navy Yard workforce across the Anacostia River as potential customers for building lots they carved out . . . — Map (db m95972) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Barry Farm — 4 — Hillsdale — An East of the River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
You are standing in the middle of what once was a large estate owned by James Barry. The Washington City merchant, land speculator, and councilman purchased part of the "St. Elizabeths" tract hoping to profit as the city expanded eastward. . . . — Map (db m101706) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Barry Farm — 5 — The Curative Powers of Nature — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
The fence and wall ahead of you, on either side of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, enclose historic St. Elizabeths Hospital. The pioneering facility opened in 1855 to treat mentally ill members of the armed forces and DC residents. At a time when . . . — Map (db m100694) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Barry Farms — 3 — Barry Farm Dwellings — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia HeritageTrail
Just beyond this sign is the edge of Barry Farm Dwellings, built during World War II for African American families. The war had caused acute housing shortages, so people divided large homes into rooming houses, took in boarders, or crammed into . . . — Map (db m113608) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Buena Vista — 1 — A Navy Town — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia HeritageTrail
Long before Metro opened a Green Line station here in 1991, the B&O Railroad's Alexandria Branch line ran a block behind you, along the river. The Washington & Anacostia Street Railway ran along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue a block ahead. The . . . — Map (db m113606) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Hillsdale — 6 — Grandpapa's Farm — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Vernon Tancil grew up in Northeast D.C., but he so loved summers on his grandfather's small farm in Hillsdale that his parents let him stay on in September 1937 and attend fourth grade at Birney School. Grandpapa Horace Hansborough grew . . . — Map (db m113609) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Hillsdale — 7 — Roads That Divide — An East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
In the early evening of November 22, 1963, a clutch of people stood forlornly on this bridge spanning Suitland Parkway. They awaited the procession carrying the body of slain President John F. Kennedy from Andrews Air Force Base to Bethesda . . . — Map (db m113610) HM

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