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LeDroit Park, District of Columbia Historical Markers

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 23, 2017
A Voice from the South Marker
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 3 — A Voice from the South — Worthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomington Heritage Trail
This Circle Honors Anna Julia Haywood Cooper the educator and civil and women's rights advocate who lived in the gracious house at 201 T Street from 1916 until her death in 1964 at age 105. Born into slavery, Cooper graduated from Oberlin . . . — Map (db m130832) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Anna Julia Hayward Cooper Residence — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 201 T Street, NW
Educator, feminist, and civil rights activist Anna Julia Hayward Cooper (1858-1964) lived here from 1916 until her death. Born in North Carolina, Cooper graduated from Oberlin College and moved to Washington in 1887 to teach Latin at the Preperatory . . . — Map (db m124921) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 6 — Best in the Country — Worthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail
Poet May Miller once remarked that unlike New York's Harlem, LeDroit Park “didn't have to have a renaissance.” In fact, before they joined the cultural movement of the 1920s and '30s, most Harlem Renaissance intellectuals spent time . . . — Map (db m130838) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site — 319 U Street, NW — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
Christian Fleetwood (1840-1914) was one of 21 African Americans to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery during the 1864 Battle of Chaffin's Farm near Richmond. After the Civil War he worked for the federal government and organized . . . — Map (db m77543) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 1844 Third Street, NW
Columbia Lodge No. 85 of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World was incorporated in Washington in 1906, eight years after the parent organization was incorporated in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lodge No. 85's first meeting took . . . — Map (db m130833) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Freedmen's Hospital — African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC — 520 W Street, NW
Freedmen's Hospital was established by the federal government in 1862 to address the needs of thousands of African Americans who poured into the city seeking freedom during the Civil War. The hospital's first administrator was Major Alexander T. . . . — Map (db m84805) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 4 — Government Girls — Worthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail
To your right is Lucy Diggs Slowe Hall, a Howard University dormitory. It opened in 1942 as U.S. government housing for African American women who came to DC to take new war-related jobs or fill in for men who left to join the military during . . . — Map (db m130836) 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 m130756) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Griffith Stadium Site — African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC — 2041 Georgia Avenue, NW
Before Howard University Hospital was built in 1975, Griffith Stadium stood here. Constructed in 1914, the stadium was one of the few public spaces that were open to everyone during the segregation era. It was home to the Homestead Grays of the . . . — Map (db m107755) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Robert and Mary Church Terrell House
Save America's Treasures This home was the residence of Mary Church Terrell, the first African American school board member in the United States, and Robert H. Terrell, the first African American municipal judge in the District of . . . — Map (db m110498) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 2 — T Street Elites — Worthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomington Heritage Trail
The Roster of LeDroit Park's accomplished African Americans is long. Consider these prominent Washingtonians who lived on T Street. Walter E. Washington and his wife, Bennetta Bullock Washington, lived with her family at 408 T Street. Mrs. . . . — Map (db m130830) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 16 — The Doctor Is In — Worthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail
When I was at Dunbar, I thought I wanted to be a doctor. In our community, doctors were the men who made the most money, earned the most respect and had the prettiest wives." Sen. Edward W. Brooke, Bridging the Divide: My Life . . . — Map (db m130846) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 1 — The Flower Garden of Washington — Worthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail
A Peaceful Landscape With City Conveniences for wealthy Washingtonians: that was the goal of the men who made LeDroit Park. Brothers-in-law Amzi L. Barber and Andrew Langdon purchased land here, and in 1873 hired local aIchitect/builder James . . . — Map (db m110273) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 15 — The Prettiest Place — Worthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail
Before there was a LeDroit Park, map engraver David McClelland owned a mansion on the property across Rhode Island Avenue. When the Civil War broke out in April 1861, McClelland possessed a detailed map of Washington that suddenly had great . . . — Map (db m130844) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 5 — The University Next Door — Worthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail
Howard University's Employment, educational, and cultural opportunities have attracted and kept families in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale for generations. Ettyce Hill Moore, a third generation Washingtonian who grew up at 128 V Street in the . . . — Map (db m113985) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Willis Richardson Residence — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 512 U Street, NW
Willis Richardson (1889-l977) Was a prolific and acclaimed playwright known for realistic portrayals of ordinary African Americans. Family circumstances forced the promising writer to choose work over college, and Richardson spent his career at the . . . — Map (db m86907) HM

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