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Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail Historical Markers

 
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By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
Avenue of Churches Marker
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 5 — Avenue of Churches — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
To Your Left is Canaan Baptist Church. Its relocation here from Georgia Avenue in 1963 was the fulfillment of pastor Rev. M. Cecil Mills's dream to preside over the first African American church on this avenue of churches. The congregation . . . — Map (db m126070) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 12 — Changing Fashions — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Around 1900 this successful suburb attracted successful business leaders, who set a grand standard for home building. Printer Byron S. Adams commissioned architect Frederick Pyle to design 1801 Park Road in the Colonial Revival style. Pyle also . . . — Map (db m111882) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 9 — Czech Row — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Like the Latino immigrants of recent times, Europeans left the political and economic hardships of home for a better life in the United States. Following the 1948 communist coup of Czechoslovakia a "Czech Row" or "Prague Road" enclave developed . . . — Map (db m111876) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 11 — Defying the Restrictive Covenants — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
In 1948 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of houses to individuals of certain races could not be enforced. Two years later, Dr. Robert Deane became the first African American to purchase a house in Mount Pleasant . . . — Map (db m111881) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 1 — Fashionable 16th Street — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Today's 16th Street from the White House to Silver Spring, Maryland is one of the city's key gateways. But through the 1890s it jogged left where Mt. Pleasant Street runs today and then dead-ended at the edge of today's Rock Creek Park. . . . — Map (db m17138) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 14 — Main Street — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
In 1903 a street car line arrived on Mt. Pleasant Street and so did new businesses. In this block were Sophia Weiss's notions shop, Domenico Pappalardo's shoe shop, and Lee Sing's laundry. The block's first commercial building (3215) was . . . — Map (db m111886) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 3 — Mount Pleasant Library — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
When the Mount Pleasant Library, behind you, opened in 1925, crowds flocked to the Classical style building. Many had campaigned long and hard for this community centerpiece. The Carnegie Corporation, funder of public libraries in Mount Vernon . . . — Map (db m111870) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 4 — Sacred Heart Academy — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Set back from the Street at 1621 Park Road, to your left, is an elegant old house, once the all-girls Sacred Heart Academy. The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters of Wisconsin founded the Academy in 1905 and went on to operate it with Sacred Heart . . . — Map (db m68719) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 15 — Streetcar Suburb — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Lamont Park, across from the number 42 bus stop, was once the turnaround for the numbers 40 and 42 streetcars. Back in the 1940s, "when the conductor called 'end of the line,' passengers stepped onto a yellow wooden platform," recalled former . . . — Map (db m111890) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 16 — The First Bodega — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
The 1960s saw this neighborhood develop a Latino presence, and this became its Main Street. The storefront at 3161 Mt. Pleasant Street once housed Casa Dilonι , the first bodega (grocery) here. From 1962 until 1998, Casa Dilonι sold . . . — Map (db m111893) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 7 — Twenty-seven Little Flags — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Just like Mount Pleasant, Bancroft School is known for its ethnic and racial diversity. "at one of the spring fairs in the early 1970s, we asked people to bring native dishes, and I bought 27 little flags to mark the food," parent Gloria . . . — Map (db m111874) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 2 — Upheaval and Activism — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Beginning in the late 1950s, the community leadership of Mount Pleasant changed from the exclusive Citizens Association to an array of new players. Mount Pleasant Neighbors Association was the first alternative group. It presented festivals and . . . — Map (db m82780) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 6 — Village Life — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
This was the western edge of Samuel P. Brown's Mount Pleasant Village. Across the street and a few steps ahead at 3423 Oakwood Terrace is "Oakwood," an original village house built in 1871 for city politician J.W. Buker. Brown reserved the land . . . — Map (db m111873) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 10 — Voices at Vespers — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
This secluded building on the edge of Rock Creek Park was built in 1911 as the House of Mercy. It provided, as its founders wrote "a refuge and reformatory for outcast and fallen women," especially unwed mothers and girls entangled in . . . — Map (db m111877) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 13 — War and Peace — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
The mansion of Samuel P. Brown, Mount Pleasant's founder once stood in the middle of the block to your left. During the Civil War, Brown bought 73 acres here for a song from William Selden, a former U.S. treasurer. Selden believed the . . . — Map (db m130877) HM

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