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By Devry Becker Jones, October 27, 2017
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District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — "a magnificent waterfront entranceway..."
"a magnificent waterfront entranceway..." Pierre Charles L'Enfant architect of the Nation's Capital City, describing the Southwest Waterfront to President George Washington Situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, . . . — Map (db m109326) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 20th Anniversary of ADA July 24, 2010Southwest DC Honors Justin Dart, Jr. and the American Disabilities Act
Justin Dart Jr. moved to Southwest Washington to work for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As an energetic neighbor rushing through the lobby in his wheelchair, his Southwest DC neighbors fondly remember Justin. Never . . . — Map (db m109251) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — A Historic LandscapeUnited States Botanic Garden
Created in 1932, Bartholdi Park is named after Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the historic Fountain of Light and Water located at its center. Bartholdi is best known for designing the Statue of Liberty. The beds in Bartholdi Park . . . — Map (db m110435) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 4 — A Mixing BowlRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Al Jolson, star of the first "talking" movie, The Jazz Singer, grew up as Asa Yoelson at 713 4½ Street (once near this sign). The Yoelsons arrived from Lithuania in 1880. Asa's father Rabbi Moses Yoelson served as cantor and schochet . . . — Map (db m130905) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — ADA: Landmark Declaration of Equality for Americans with Disabilities
“More than two decades ago many of us in the disability community concluded that Americans with disabilities would never achieve full, productive citizenship and this nation made a firm statement of law protecting their civil rights. The . . . — Map (db m109250) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — African-American History in Southwest
The Southwest Waterfront’s history is closely tied to African-American history. Leading up to the Civil War many people of color—those still enslaved as well as some freed individuals—lived and worked here, and some helped build the . . . — Map (db m109580) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 11 — All Aboard!River Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Before bridges spanned the Potomac, ferry boats took people and goods across the river. You could ride to Alexandria from Greenleaf’s Point (now Fort McNair), or between the landings where today’s 14th Street Bridge touches ground. Sailboats . . . — Map (db m130910) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — American Ice Company
One of a number of landmark businesses that imbued the Southwest Waterfront with Industrial character, bustling with commerce, and a frenzy of activity in the 19th century. — Map (db m112423) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial
Each of you bears upon his body the permanent, honorable scars of dangerous service: service rendered in order that our great nation might continue to live according to the expressed will of its own citizens. Dwight D. Eisenhower . . . — Map (db m110434) WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — America's Oldest Operating Fish Market
The Maine Avenue Fish Market is the oldest continuously operating open-air fish market in the United States. When it opened in 1805, Washington was the center of the local fish and oyster trade. In the 1900s, it was known for the “jolly fish . . . — Map (db m109723) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Annual Oyster Derby
Watermen from Maryland and Virginia once raced to the Southwest Waterfront with their oyster hauls and celebrated victory near the Lunch Room (built circa 1916-1918) and Oyster Shucking Shed (built circa 1930). — Map (db m130964) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 8 — Banneker Circle: Vista to the PastRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
This high ground serves as a monument to Benjamin Banneker, a free African American who charted the stars for the first survey of Washington, DC. Banneker was 60 years old when he hired on to assist surveyor Andrew Ellicott. A tobacco planter . . . — Map (db m130909) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Barney House
This Property Has Been Place on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Circa 1794 — Map (db m100743) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Bartholdi FountainUnited States Botanic Garden
The Bartholdi Fountain was created by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (1834 - 1904), the French sculptor who also designed the Statue of Liberty. It was first exhibited in Philadelphia at the International Exposition of 1876. The fountain was purchased . . . — Map (db m66372) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Bartholdi Fountain
The Fountain of Light and Water was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. The namesake of Bartholdi Park is best known for designing the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the . . . — Map (db m110438) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Bartholdi Fountain
The Fountain of Light and Water was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. The namesake of Bartholdi Park is best known for designing the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the . . . — Map (db m110441) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Benjamin Banneker ParkNational Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
“… it is the indispensable duty of those, who maintain for themselves the rights of human nature, ... to extend their power and influence to the relief of every part of the human race...” Benjamin Banneker, 1792 . . . — Map (db m130604) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 17 — Blending Old and NewRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
When urban renewal threatened to destroy three of Washington's oldest structures, dating from the late 1700's, history-minded citizens organized to stop the bulldozers. As a result, when architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith designed the mid-20th . . . — Map (db m130917) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Brand New SWHirshhorn In The City
The Hirshhorn joins with DC's dynamic art scene to pay tribute to the pioneering art practices of the 1980s. Washington-based artists No Kings Collective, NoMüNoMü, and SUPERWAXX created these branded graphic posters, which were inspired by Brand . . . — Map (db m125961) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Can you identify these famous Civil Rights leaders?All four lived in this Southwest DC neighborhood!
Who are these famous Civil Rights leaders? Barbara Jordan (upper left)(some text missing due to illegibility) Patsy Mink (wearing...    (some text missing due to illegibility) ... supporter of civil rights . . . — Map (db m130649) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Capital Yacht Club
The Capital Yacht Club was formed in 1892 when nine yachtsmen hired a watchman to keep an eye on their vessels anchored in the newly formed Washington Channel. — Map (db m112447) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 1 — Change on the WaterfrontRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
You are standing in the heart of one of Washington, DC's oldest—and newest—neighborhoods. For 150 years Southwest Washington was a working waterfront community. Then urban renewal changed the landscape forever. Today Southwest is a . . . — Map (db m130903) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Civil War at the Southwest Waterfront
Private river commerce along the waterfront was disrupted during the Civil War when Washington became the headquarters and supply center of the Union Army. Wharves were appropriated for military purposes, and Water Street was opened and paved for . . . — Map (db m109367) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Creating the Waterfront
Before the 1800s, the Southwest Waterfront formed the eastern bank of the Potomac, but sediment accumulated as farming increased, making the river hard to navigate and prone to flooding. In 1882, plans to dredge the river were approved, with . . . — Map (db m109748) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Denvel D. AdamsNational Adjutant — 1962 - 1988
Dale Adams, a service-connected disabled veteran of World War I, joined the DAV's professional staff in 1945 as a National Service Officer. In 1962, he was appointed National Adjutant, becoming the architect of the modern Disabled American Veterans. . . . — Map (db m87194) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — District Morgue
Located at 7th and Water Streets SW, the District of Columbia morgue was built in 1904 and demolished in 1939 when the city morgue moved to a more modern facility. — Map (db m120942) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Dr. Dorothy Height
Dr. Dorothy Height worked to advance women's, civil, and human rights with many of our nation's leaders. How many can you recognize? Back Dr. Dorothy Height Has lived at 700 7th Street, SW since 1983. As President Emmerita of . . . — Map (db m112797) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Earth Day Park
Welcome to Earth Day Park Earth Day Park is a living example of the United States Government’s commitment to environmentally conscious landscape design and use of renewable resources. As part of the celebration of Earth Day 1994, President . . . — Map (db m99344) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 7 — Equality in Public EducationRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Jefferson Junior High School was built in 1940 after area residents persuaded the city to abandon the original dilapidated building. They hoped the new structure, which included a branch library, would be the beginning of section-wide . . . — Map (db m130908) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 10 — Escape from SlaveryRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Before the Civil War, Washington was a slave-holding city. But many of its citizens–especially free blacks and abolitionists–assisted freedom seekers at locations known as stops on the Underground Railroad. The largest attempted . . . — Map (db m112455) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Harbour Square
Harbour Square, completed 1966, contains seven historic dwellings. Development of the historic structures was initiated by James Greanleaf in the early 1790's. The financier sold individual lots to Thomas Law for the "Barney House" and the Lewis . . . — Map (db m32573) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Historic Water Street
During the Civil War, Water Street was paved for military traffic leading from the gun and powder factory at the Arsenal on Greenleaf Point north along the waterfront to Long Bridge. — Map (db m112448) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Hogate's Rum Bun
A local favorite, the signature roll was served before meals at Hogate's Seafood Restaurant, a dining landmark of Washington's Southwest Waterfront from 1938 until 2001. — Map (db m112422) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Houseboats on the Waterfront
Preparations for World War II ended plans of filling the Southwest yacht basins with pleasure crafts. Instead, a severe housing shortage during the war turned the waterfront into a home for houseboats, providing an obvious alternative for the many . . . — Map (db m109983) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 14 — Housing Reform and the Syphax SchoolRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
In the 1890s, American cities had a common problem. The working poor lived in deteriorating housing, often no better than wooden shacks. In Washington much of this housing lined the city's hidden alleys. But people needed healthier and safer . . . — Map (db m130914) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — James Wilson
James Wilson Memorial Arch So named by the Congress, in Resolution approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 16, 1934, to honor the memory of James Wilson 1835-1920 Secretary of Agriculture 1897-1913 . . . — Map (db m110425) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Knapp Memorial Arch
Knapp Memorial Arch In recognition of the public service of Seaman A. Knapp in extension work for the Department of Agriculture from 1899 to 1911. — Map (db m110421) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Knapp Memorial Arch
Knapp Memorial Arch In recognition of the public service of Seaman A. Knapp in extension work for the Department of Agriculture from 1898 to 1911. — Map (db m110422) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Lewis House
This structure has been Recorded by the Historic American Building Survey of the United States Department of Interior for its archives at the Library of Congress — Map (db m100778) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Lewis Jefferson
Lewis Jefferson, the District's first African American millionaire, owned the Independent Steamboat and Barge Company, which transported passengers to Washington Park, his Amusement park for African Americans. — Map (db m109339) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 15 — Linking the "Island" to the CityRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
A massive, Romanesque style Metropolitan Street Railway car barn once commanded the corner behind you across O Street, with repair shops across Fourth Street. They dated from the 1880s, and were part of Washington's first street railway system. . . . — Map (db m130915) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Long Bridge
Originally constructed in 1809 as a mile-long wooden toll bridge connecting the District with Virginia, Long Bridge has seen many transformations and additions. In 1861, five days after the fall of Fort Sumpter, Robert E. Lee rode south on Long . . . — Map (db m109421) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Maine Avenue Fish Market
Opened in 1805, the Maine Avenue Fish Market is the oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States, 17 years older than New York City's Fulton Fish Market. — Map (db m130605) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Matthew Henson Mural
This mural honors explorer Matthew Alexander Henson, a D.C. native who reached the North Pole in 1909 with Robert Peary. Designed and created by a group of students in the Corcoran Gallery's ArtReach program, it was installed in the summer of 2001. . . . — Map (db m131221) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Memorial Tree Planting
Memorial Tree Planting April 21, 1995 Yoshino Cherry Redbud In memory of the children of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building America's Day Care Center Oklahoma City, OK — Map (db m113225) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Milford School Bell
Dedicated November 13, 1989 as an enduring symbol of The United States Department of Education's goal to educate every American to His or her fullest potential George Herbert Walker Bush, President of the United States of America Lauro . . . — Map (db m115930) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 13 — Military Education at Fort McNairRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Fort Leslie J. McNair, to your right, honors the commander, Army Ground Forces during World War II who died in battle. It is the U.S. Army’s third oldest installation (after West Point and Carlisle Barracks). The fort dates back to 1791. . . . — Map (db m130912) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Native PlantsUnited States Botanic Garden
Bartholdi Park features selections of American native plants suitable for the urban landscape and your own home garden. Growing plants adapted to local environmental conditions reduces water and fertilizer use, and helps reduce the need to treat . . . — Map (db m110439)
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Navigating the Potomac River
Beginning in 1815, steamboats ferried passengers and goods across the river and connected the waterfront to Richmond and other points via Aquia Creek. Today's riverside activities continue to include boat day trips, excursions, and pleasure cruises . . . — Map (db m112444) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — PitcherplantsUnited States Botanic Garden
Bogs typically have nutrient poor soils and acidic conditions unsuitable for most plants. However, many organisms, like pitcherplants (Sarracenia spp.), have evolved to thrive in these conditions, and as a result bogs are some of the most . . . — Map (db m110436) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Potomac River Shoreline
The two-mile-long harbor known as the Washington Channel was established during a massive reclamation effort in the 1880’s, creating Potomac Park and the adjacent Tidal Basin. — Map (db m109730) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Rain GardenUnited States Botanic Garden
These rain gardens and the surrounding hardscapes capture rainwater--slowing it down and allowing it to soak into the ground rather than run into the sewer system. Water flowing across poorly managed landscapes, streets, and sidewalks picks up . . . — Map (db m110442)
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Raoul Wallenberg Place — [Sidney R. Yates Federal Building]
"Raoul Wallenberg's mission of mercy on behalf of the United States behind enemy lines during World War II is unprececented in the history of mankind. He is responsible for saving tens of thousands of lives during the Holocaust. A shining light in a . . . — Map (db m39926) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 16 — Recreation and River ParkRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Washington's schools and playgrounds were legally segregated from 1862 until 1954. But that didn't stop kids of all backgrounds from playing together. "We didn't understand racial disharmony," said Southwester Gene Cherrico of his childhood on . . . — Map (db m130916) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 5 — Renewal and LossRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Directly across Fourth Street from this sign is the Capitol Park complex of high-rise and townhouse residences. Designed by Chloethiel Woodard Smith of Satterlee and Smith, the high-rise (now Potomac Place) opened in 1959 as the first new . . . — Map (db m130906) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 18 — Rooms With a View: An Idealistic VisionRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
More than 50 years after it opened in 1964, Tiber Island stands as a tribute to the idealism that marked the new Southwest. Planners hoped the neighborhood's mid-20th-century modern architecture, mix of high- and low-rise structures, balance of . . . — Map (db m130607) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Seaman A. Knapp
Seaman A. Knapp Memorial So named by the Congress in Resolution approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 16, 1934 to honor the memory of Seaman A. Knapp 1833-1911 Founder of Farm Demonstration Work He . . . — Map (db m110700) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 6 — St. Dominic Church: Community AnchorRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Behind you stands St. Dominic Church, established 1852. It anchors the city's only Dominican parish and is its sixth oldest Catholic church. St. Dominic's survived two upheavals — a fire in 1885 and the threat of urban renewal in the 1950s . . . — Map (db m130907) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — The 3 kW photovoltaic (PV) system...
The 3 kW photovoltaic (PV) system, attached to the railing running alongside the large wall to your left, converts the sun's energy directly into electricity. The array will produce up to 4,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to run . . . — Map (db m111485) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 3 — The Heyday of Four-and-a-Half StreetRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
This quiet street was once Washington's answer to New York's Lower East Side. Fourth Street, known until 1934 as a 4½ Street, and nearly Seventh Street were Southwest's shopping centers. Around 1900 this street was the dividing line . . . — Map (db m130904) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 12 — The Law House In Peace and WarRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
To your left across Water Street is the Thomas Law House, now a community center for the Tiber Island cooperative. The Federal style house was designed by William Lovering in 1794 for businessman Thomas Law and his bride Eliza Parke Custis, . . . — Map (db m130911) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — The Oklahoma City Bombing
In memory of the lives lost in the Oklahoma City Bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building April 19, 1995 Redbud Trees (Oklahoma State Tree) Dedicated to the memory of Steven Curry and Michael Loudenslager GSA . . . — Map (db m115954) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — The Pearl
In 1848, in the largest recorded escape attempt by slaves in US history, 77 men, women, and children attempted to flee on the 65-foot schooner Pearl, but were recaptured due to opposing winds. — Map (db m112420) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — The River Queen
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant used this side-wheel steamer as his private dispatch boat, and it hosted the Hampton Roads Conference, President Lincoln's unsuccessful attempt to negotiate an end to the Civil War. — Map (db m112443) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — The Slave Trade in Washington, DC
"...in view from the windows of the Capitol, a sort of negro-livery stable, where droves of negroes were collected, temporarily kept, and finally taken to Southern markets …had been openly maintained for fifty years." Abraham Lincoln (1846) . . . — Map (db m129921) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — The Williams Slave Pen
In 1841, Solomon Northup, a free Black man and professional musician, was drugged, kidnapped, and sold as a slave while visiting Washington, DC to attend the funeral of President William Henry Harrison. Eventually, Northup regained his freedom and . . . — Map (db m129923) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Thomas Law
Thomas Law and his wife Elizabeth Parke Custis Granddaughter of Martha Washington Resided here in 1796 Later the home of Richard Bland Lee Who was influential in bringing the Capital to the Potomac National Capital . . . — Map (db m80492) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Thurgood Marshall
During his United States Supreme Court tenure, Thurgood Marshall resided in Southwest near the waterfront. He was the court's first African American justice and the 96th person to hold this title. — Map (db m112419) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Titanic Memorial
[front (north) face of statue base:] To the brave men who perished in the wreck of the Titanic April 15, 1912. They gave their lives that women and children might be saved. [reverse (south) face of statue . . . — Map (db m100951) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
In memory of: Ted Leon Allen, Diane E. Althouse, Peter R. Avillanoza, Andrea Y. Blanton, Paul G. Broxterman, David N. Burkett, Donald E. Burns, Kimberly K. Clark, Kim R. Cousins, Diana L. Day, Castine Deveroux, Susan J. Ferrell, Judy J. . . . — Map (db m113227) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Underground Railroad and Waterway
In April 1848, the largest slave escape attempt on record in the Unites States took place at the Southwest Waterfront. Seventy-seven men, women, and children boarded the schooner Pearl to sail to freedom, but were ultimately recaptured. The . . . — Map (db m110136) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Urban Renewal
At the beginning of the 20th century, Southwest was considered a decaying neighborhood suffering from poor housing and urban blight. In 1945, the Redevelopment Land Agency was created and its urban renewal efforts saw the displacement of . . . — Map (db m109664) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Walter Reed
Walter Reed Who gave man control over Yellow Fever Died in a hospital on this site November 23, 1902 — Map (db m80491) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Walter Reed
Walker Reed 1851 – 1902 Major, Medical Corps United States Army Solider, Physician, Teacher, Scientist Major Reed died in this building on November 3, 1902. In 1900 Walter Reed led the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Board that . . . — Map (db m80493) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Washington Kastles
[Left plaque] Founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King in 1974, World Team Tennis has featured many of the world's greatest tennis players. In 2011 and 2012, the Washington Kastles thrilled DC crowd completing the only two perfect seasons . . . — Map (db m130606) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Waterfront Commerce
By the 1820's, the Southwest Waterfront had become the principal commercial waterfront of the city, home to municipal piers, ice and coal docks, and fish and coastal steamship wharves. — Map (db m112418) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Waterfront Industry and Commerce
In the 1840s, the Southwest Waterfront was developing into a major commercial seaport and took on an industrial character. Buildings and warehouses were constructed to accommodate coal, ice, and lumber trades, as well as slaughterhouses, bars, and . . . — Map (db m112446) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Wheat Row
This Property Has Been Placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of Agriculture — Map (db m100935) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Wilson Memorial Arch
Wilson Memorial Arch In recognition of the public service of James Wilson as Secretary for the Department of Agriculture from 1897 to 1913. — Map (db m110424) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Wilson Memorial Arch
Wilson Memorial Arch In recognition of the Public Service of James Wilson as the Secretary for the Department of Agriculture from 1897 to 1913. — Map (db m110426) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Yates Building
This building was originally constructed in 1881 for use by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In an effort to fireproof the building and protect it contents, only stone, brick and metal materials were used in its construction. By 1907 the Bureau . . . — Map (db m114144) HM

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