The Two-Story Art Deco Style Building on your left was once the Strand Theater. Abe Lichtman, a Jewish businessman whose movie theaters catered to black patrons, opened the Strand in 1918. Lichtman also operated the Lincoln and Howard theaters . . . — — Map (db m110479) HM
To your right is the former Merritt Educational Center which operated from 1943 to 2008. However, if you were standing here in the 1920s or '30s, in its place you would have seen exuberant crowds of fashionably dressed African Americans enjoying . . . — — Map (db m110481) HM
This quaint frame building has served several church congregations since its construction in 1908. The First Zion Baptist Church stayed for more than 60 years. Since 1993 members of Joshua's Temple First Born Church have worshiped within its . . . — — Map (db m21681) HM
Largely ignored by city officials and isolated from downtown DC, Deanwood remained semi-rural until around World War II (1941-1945).
Lifelong residents who grew up in the 1930s and '40s remember outsiders telling them that they lived in . . . — — Map (db m110483) HM
Sheltered from the overt bigotry many African Americans experienced when venturing downtown, Deanwood shoppers of the 1950s patronized Sheriff Road's mostly African American businesses, including Mouse Gordon's tailor shop, Tip Top Grocery, . . . — — Map (db m110485) HM
Up the Hill to your left are several signature handcrafted houses, Beginning in the late 1800s, Deanwood attracted skilled black migrants, who freely passed on their know-how.
In the 1920s Jacob and Randolph Dodd built about 50 structures in . . . — — Map (db m81451) HM
Deanwood once was farmland belonging to slave-holding families. Some of their names--Sherriff, Lowrie, and Benning--still mark local roads.
In 1833 Levi Sherriff purchased several hundred acres along Watts Branch from William Benning's . . . — — Map (db m110463) HM
Across the street is Watts Branch, an actively used creek that has tied together many communities. Unfortunately humans have not always been respectful of this resource. The stream has experienced cycles of neglect and rejuvenation.
In 1938 . . . — — Map (db m110478) HM
On, May 18,1966, Crowds Gathered here to witness Lady
Bird Johnson (1912-2007) rededicate eight acres of Watts Branch Park.
“No one more than the residents of this area knows what magic has been
wrought here at Watts . . . — — Map (db m110487) HM
If you had stood here 100 years ago, you might have heard the cheering crowds and thundering hoofbeats of Benning Racetrack just across the tracks to your right.
Beginning in 1890, Benning was the best-equipped race course in Washington. . . . — — Map (db m110494) HM