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Deanwood, District of Columbia Historical Markers

 
100 Years of Afro-American History Marker 2nd Panel from the West image, Touch for more information
By Devry Becker Jones, December 3, 2017
100 Years of Afro-American History Marker 2nd Panel from the West
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 100 Years of Afro-American History — By Jerome Johnson
Westernmost panel: 100 Years of Afro-American History By Jerome Johnson Sponsors D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Sign of the Times Cultural Workshop & Gallery CFC # 16414 & United Black Fund #8558 . . . — Map (db m112798) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 2 — A Day at the Picture Show — A Self-Reliant People — Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail
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 m130777) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 5 — A Whirl on the Ferris Wheel — A Self Reliant People — Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail
To your right it 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 . . . — Map (db m130780) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 12 — Designed to Compete — A Self-Reliant People — Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail
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 m130784) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 6 — From Gardens to Garden Apartments — A Self-Reliant People — Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail
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 m130781) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 9
Original Federal Boundary Stone District of Columbia Placed 1791-1792 Protected by Capt Molly Pitcher Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution 1916 — Map (db m5283) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 9 — Shopping on Sheriff — A Self-Reliant People — Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail
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 m130783) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 8 — With These Hands — A Self-Reliant People — Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail
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 m130782) HM

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