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Greater U Street Heritage Trail Historical Markers

 
Strong Families and Eminent Citizens Marker - photo on reverse image, Touch for more information
By Richard E. Miller, April 22, 2011
Strong Families and Eminent Citizens Marker - photo on reverse
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — 10 — Strong Families and Eminent Citizens — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
The fine rowhouses in this part of the Shaw neighborhood, such as those on this street, were once home to many of the community’s old families and most distinguished citizens. Charles Hamilton Houston, a national leader in civil rights, was . . . — Map (db m41927) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 7 — Like a Village — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
Churches have deep roots in the life of this historic African American community. A number of congregations in this immediate area, including Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ on this corner and Vermont Avenue Baptist Church just one block . . . — Map (db m79838) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 3 — "We had everything we needed right here." — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
Black businesses sprung up everywhere on U Street in the early 1900s. As racial segregation increased, African Americans in Washington began a tradition of protest. They also responded by creating institutions of there own. In the 25 years from . . . — Map (db m130797) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 6 — A Home Away From Home — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
The Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage occupies the historic Italian Renaissance-style building of the 12th Street YMCA, known after 1972 as the Anthony Bowen YMCA. The 12th Street YMCA was the first African American YMCA in . . . — Map (db m40767) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 9 — A Magic Place — City within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
Louis Armstrong and Sarah Vaughn were two of the nationally famous entertainers who played in the brick building on this corner, once home to the popular Club Bali, also called the New Bali. In the memory of one former customer, it was a magic . . . — Map (db m42196) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — A Place to Grow — Anthony Bowen YMCA — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
You are standing at the fourth home of the Anthony Bowen YMCA, named for the formerly enslaved minister who founded the nation's first independent "colored" YMCA. As the YMCA opened in Washington in 1853, slavery was legal. Yet the majority of . . . — Map (db m112004) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 12 — A Prestige Address — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
The grand Beaux-Arts buildings near this corner stand witness to the status of this area in early 20th century Washington, and as tribute to the indomitable spirit of Mary Foote Henderson. The wealthy wife of Senator John B. Henderson, she lived . . . — Map (db m113368) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 11 — A Shared Neighborhood — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
Although Washington, D.C., has been a racially segregated city for much of its history, black and white Washingtonians have shared parts of this neighborhood.

The modern building across 15th Street sits on the site of Portner Flats, . . . — Map (db m130802) HM

District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 4 — Civil War Camp to Victorian Neighborhood — City within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
The Shaw neighborhood and the Greater U Street Historic District are rich in African American and Civil War history. They are the ideal place for the African American Civil War Memorial now located on this Metro plaza. The neighborhood was named . . . — Map (db m130790) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 5 — Howard University Sets the Standard — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
To the northeast rises the tower of Founders Library at Howard University - an institution created in 1867 that has trained and inspired generations of African American leaders and has been a lodestar for its own community. The highest . . . — Map (db m41928) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 13 — Meridian Hill Park — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
Just ahead of you at the corner of 15th Street and Florida Avenue is the entrance to Meridian Hill Park, a dramatic urban oasis established in 1912 and completed in 1936. Its stunning, 12-acre landscape features the longest cascading waterfall . . . — Map (db m130792) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 14 — Riots to Renaissance — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
The corner of 14th and U Streets has been a city crossroads, a neighborhood gathering place, and a stage set for events that have shaken the city and the nation. For city residents, it was the transfer place for crosstown streetcars and . . . — Map (db m113835) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 2 — The True Reformer Building — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
The daily lives of residents of this historic African American community were woven together through hundreds of social and civic organizations--fraternal organizations, clubs, school alumni associations, civic associations and the like. The . . . — Map (db m130800) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 8 — The Whitelaw Hotel and “the Duke” — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
The elegant Whitelaw Hotel at the corner of 13th and T Streets opened its doors in 1919, offering African American travelers their first opportunity to stay in a first-class hotel in the segregated nation's capital. Inside they found a lobby . . . — Map (db m41952) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor — 1 — You Had to Wear a Tie — City within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail
You are standing on Washington’s historic Black Broadway–the heart of African American life in Washington, D.C. from about 1900 to the 1950s. Duke Ellington, its most famous native son, grew up, was inspired, trained, and played his first . . . — Map (db m130799) HM

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