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Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia Historical Markers

 
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By J. Makali Bruton, September 17, 2016
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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 — 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 m130759) 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 m130760) 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 — Andrew F. Hilyer Residence SiteAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 2352 Sixth Street, NW
Andrew F. Hilyer (1858-1925) fought racism and promoted the "moral, material, and financial interests" of African Americans through the Union League of the District of Columbia, which he co-founded in 1892. Hilyer's Union League Directory . . . — Map (db m111803) 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 — Centennial Year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Commemorating the Centennial Year Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Rankin Chapel, site of the Founder's Window erected in honor of the Sixteen Pillars of AKA, January 14, 1978. Dr. Barbara A. McKinzie, Centennial International . . . — Map (db m15659) 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 m130763) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Day of Honor 2000
African American • Asian American • Hispanic American • Native American Day of Honor 2000 • Still pursuing victory over prejudice at home WWII VV — Map (db m115574) WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Fortitude
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. commissioned Chicago artist James King to create a sculpture of its Founders. "Fortitude" was dedicated on April 28, 1979. She stands 12' 6" with a 12' hand-to-hand arm span. Sculpted in Corten steel, the metal was . . . — Map (db m112009) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Founders Library and Moorland-Spingarn Research CenterAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 500 Howard Place, NW, Howard University Campus
Founders Library houses wide-ranging collections, the university's museum, and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, one of the world's largest repositories dedicated to the culture and history of people of African descent. Dedicated in 1939, the . . . — Map (db m116653) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — General Oliver O. Howard
Residence of General Oliver O. Howard, founder of Howard University, 1869 - 1874. — Map (db m9263) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Howard HallAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington D.C. — 607 Howard Place, NW
Howard Hall was completed in 1869 as the home of white Civil War General Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), for whom Howard University was named. As commissioner of the Bureau of Refuges, Freedman and Abandoned Lands (Freedman's Bureau), General Howard . . . — Map (db m65707) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Howard UniversityAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — Sixth Street and Howard Place, NW
Howard University, one of the oldest Black colleges in the United States, was established by Congress in 1866 to educate formerly enslaved individuals. Its name honors Freedman's Bureau Commissioner General Oliver Otis Howard, a member of the white . . . — Map (db m66401) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Howard University Gallery of ArtAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington DC — Lulu Vere Childers Hall, Howard University Campus
The Howard University Gallery of Art was established in 1928 on the lower level of Rankin Chapel. Professor James V. Herring (1897-1969), founder of the University's Art Department, and professor and artist James A Porter (1905-1970) were its first . . . — Map (db m85112) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Kelly Miller Residence SiteAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 2225 Fourth Street, NW
Kelly Miller (1863-1939), a prominent Howard University scholar and leader, taught mathematics and sociology. He went on to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Miller laid the groundwork for the formation of African American sociology . . . — Map (db m111801) 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 m130764) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Merriweather Home for ChildrenAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, D.C. — 733 Euclid Street, NW
The National Association for the Relief of Destitute Colored Women and Children was established by an 1863 Act of Congress. Elizabeth Keckley (ca. 1818-1907), former slave and seam­stress for Mary Todd Lincoln, was a founding member and spent her . . . — Map (db m112005) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Miner Teachers CollegeAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 2565 Georgia Avenue, NW
Miner Teachers College, which operated here from 1914 until 1955, was the principal school training black teachers in the city for more than 70 years. Named for Myrtilla Miner (1815-1864), a white educator who founded Miner Normal School in 1851, . . . — Map (db m114359) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.Founded November 17, 1911 — Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Front of Marker: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Founded November 17, 1911 Howard University Washington, D.C. Manhood Founder Edgar A. Love 1891 - 1974 Dedicated Nov. 16, 1975 Sampson P. Boozer . . . — Map (db m112012) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Phi Beta Sigma
In tribute to three visionary Howard University students, the Founders of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., A. Langston Taylor of Tennessee, Leonard F. Morse of Massachusetts and Charles I. Brown of Kansas, who here resolved in 1914 to establish a . . . — Map (db m112008) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Sara Winifred Brown, M.D.The National Association of University Women — Incorporated 1924, District of Columbia
In Recognition of Sara Winifred Brown, M.D. Her medical degree was awarded by Howard University in 1904. She served as the first female graduate trustee of Howard University, 1924-1948. In 1910, she was one of the founders of the . . . — Map (db m112010) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Tau Beta Pi
Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society D.C. Alpha Chapter Chartered in 1956 "Dedicated to excellence" Erected 1981Map (db m110807) 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 m130765) 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 m130766) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 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 m130768) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 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 m130769) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 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 m130770) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Will Marion Cook Family Residence SiteAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 2232 Sixth Street, NW
Will Marion Cook (1869-1944) was an internationally renowned violinist and composer. After studying music at Oberlin College (Ohio) and the National Conservatory of Music (New York), Cook turned to creating musical comedies. Among them was . . . — Map (db m111802) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Presented during the 75th Anniversary of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Founded January 16, 1920 Jylla Moore Foster, Grand Basileus Grace Walker Phillips, Memorial Chair July 16, 1995 Builder: M.C.M.C. Designers: Terrence Brown & . . . — Map (db m115573) HM

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