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Georgia Avenue / Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail Historical Markers

 
Mr. Lincoln’s Ride Marker, close-up of Lincoln sketch and map from White House to Soldiers' Home image, Touch for more information
By Richard E. Miller, February 25, 2012
Mr. Lincoln’s Ride Marker, close-up of Lincoln sketch and map from White House to Soldiers' Home
District of Columbia (Washington), 16th Street Heights — 19 — Mr. Lincoln’s RideLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
It’s the summer of 1862. Early morning, but already hot and dusty. You’re standing at this spot, when you see a tall man on horseback. It’s President Abraham Lincoln. You’re pleased to see him, but not surprised. After all, he rides by here . . . — Map (db m52973) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 5 — Griffith Stadium"Lift Every Voice" — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
“I used to come home every night, get a quarter from my mother, run to Griffith Stadium, and sit in the bleachers,” Abe Pollin once said. “I would look out at these good seats and say, ‘Some day, maybe I will get a good seat.’ . . . — Map (db m51732) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Park View — 15 — "Treat Me Refined"Lift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
The House at 3017 Sherman Avenue once was a boardinghouse for Howard University students. In 1923 a determined and talented young woman from the tiny town of Eatonville, Florida, lived here while earning an Associates Degree at Howard. In a . . . — Map (db m65674) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Park View — 16 — From Beer Garden to Park ViewLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
"Innumerable colored Chinese lanterns ... shedding that dim uncertain light which is the delight of lovers and the poetry of beer drinking" — Washington Post, June 1879 Back when this area was open fields, German . . . — Map (db m99221) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Park View — 18 — The Modern ShopperLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
Braving a blizzard in February 1936, eager customers lined up to experience a modern, self-service, cash-only supermarket. Nehemiah Cohen and Samuel Lehrman’s Giant Food here on Georgia Avenue was the chain’s first. Although the Memphis-born . . . — Map (db m65514) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Park View — 17 — The Next WaveLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
Caribbean immigrants discovered this stretch of Georgia Avenue in the 1940s, bringing island culture along with jerk chicken, curry, and coco bread. Many, like Eric Williams, who later led Trinidad and Tobago to independence in 1962, came to . . . — Map (db m66559) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Park View — 14 — Urban OasisLift Every Voice — Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
These Rowhouses Were Built by developer Harry Wardman, whose houses, hotels, and apartment buildings are known for elegant, solid construction. When these became available in 1912, buyers snapped them up. Among them were an electrician, a . . . — Map (db m85319) HM
District 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
District 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
District 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
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 8 — Cleaning Up CowtownLift Every Voice — Georgia Avenue/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 . . . — Map (db m85497) HM
District 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 m84972) HM
District 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, . . . — Map (db m51723) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 9 — Teachers and PreachersLift Every Voice — Georgia Avenue./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 m87853) HM
District 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 the . . . — Map (db m112006) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 4 — Armed Resistance"Lift Every Voice" — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
Shortly before midnight on July 22, 1919, James Scott, a black army veteran, boarded a streetcar at the corner and nearly lost his life. A few days before, a white mob, including many veterans of World War I, had terrorized Southwest DC, . . . — Map (db m51680) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 1 — Grief Turns to AngerLift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
Thursday Evening, April 4, 1968. The news that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been assassinated in Memphis makes its way like lightning through the city. Nearby at 14th and U Streets — once the cultural heart of DC's African . . . — Map (db m84806) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 3 — Howard TheatreLift Every Voice Georgia Avenue — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
The legendary Howard opened in 1910 as the nation’s first major theater built for African Americans. Audiences came for plays, variety shows, concerts, and movies. In the 1930s, under manager Shep Allen, the Howard became part of the . . . — Map (db m120968) HM

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