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District of Columbia (Washington), Adams Morgan — 5 of 18 — Ambassadors of FaithRoads to Diversity — Adams Morgan Heritage Trail
Three dramatic religious structures dominate this corner. They are among some 40 religious institutions lining 16th Street between the White House and the Maryland state line. Many serve as unofficial “embassies” representing the . . . — Map (db m17076) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Adams Morgan — 16 — Building a Better NeighborhoodRoads to Diversity — Adams Morgan Heritage Trail
Front Across the street you can see the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center. It opened in 1977 on the former sites of Morgan Community School and Happy Hollow Playground. Both the Adams and Morgan elementary schools became . . . — Map (db m109113) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), American University Park — 12 — A Spirit of CommunityTop of the Town — Tenleytown Heritage Trail
Text On Main Face of Marker

Episcopalians first gathered here to worship in 1874, when St. Alban's Church, located on Wisconsin Avenue and Massachusetts, started a mission for the area. In good weather, services took place under a . . . — Map (db m68271) HM

District of Columbia (Washington), American University Park — 17 — American UniversityTop of the Town — Tenleytown Heritage Trail
Beyond Ward Circle to your left is the campus of American University, chartered by Congress in 1893. Methodist Bishop John Fletcher Hurst guided the university’s development as a center for training future public servants. With its schools in . . . — Map (db m51839) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 9 — A Museum for the CommunityAn East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Across the street is the former Carver Theatre, built in 1948 as the first nonsegregated movie house in Southeast Washington. It closed in 1957 becoming, in turn, a roller rink, a church, and a funeral parlor. Then a decade later, a museum . . . — Map (db m100824) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — Barry Farm - HillsdaleBounded by St. Elizabeths Hospital, Alabama Avenue and Morris Road, SE, and the Anacostia River — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
In 1867 the U.S. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Freedmen’s Bureau) purchased 375 acres from white farmers David and Julia Barry to resettle formerly enslaved African Americans. By 1870 more than 500 families had purchased lots . . . — Map (db m33732) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — Battery RickettsCivil War Defenses of Washington — 1861-1865
Earthworks of Battery Ricketts are visible inside the wooded area in front of you. Battery Ricketts, built to defend an area in front of Fort Stanton, was named for Maj. Gen. James B. Ricketts. — Map (db m10622) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 8 — Birney SchoolAn East-of-the River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
The Handsome Italian Renaissance Building. across the street opened as James G. Birney Elementary School in 1901. Its wood-frame predecessor, the original 1889 Birney School, was the first school built with public funds for African American . . . — Map (db m100669) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Anacostia — 14 — Booth's EscapeAn East-of-the-River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail
Late On The Night Of April 14, 1865, a guard at the other end of the Navy Yard Bridge allowed a young man on horseback to cross, despite a wartime curfew. Unbeknownst to the guard, the rider, John Wilkes Booth, had just shot President Abraham . . . — Map (db m100715) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Arboretum — Capitol Columns
These 22 Corinthian sandstone columns were among 24 that were part of the east portico of the United States Capitol. Architect Charles Bullfinch oversaw construction of the portico using a design handed down by his predecessors, William Thornton and . . . — Map (db m918) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Barney Circle — "The Healing Poles"9-11 Memorial — [Historic Congressional Cemetery]
Peace – War [Rendering of the Healing Totem Poles] Liberty - Freedom SOVEREIGNTY The cross piece at the top carries two eagles: Peace, a female, faces east; War, a male, faces west. The eagles are symbols of courage . . . — Map (db m39960) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Barney Circle — Barney at Bladensburg — Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Barney Circle honors U.S. Navy Commodore Joshua Barney. In August 1814, Barney, his Chesapeake Flotillamen, and a contingent of U.S. Marines guarded a bridge over the Eastern Branch (Anacostia River) on today's Bladensburg Road, NE. When it became . . . — Map (db m80473) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Barry Farm — Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church2562 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
Campbell AME, established in 1867 as Mount Zion AME, was an outgrowth of its overcrowded parent church, Allen Chapel AME, founded in 1850. When it moved to a location near the present one in 1890, Mount Zion was renamed for AME Bishop Jabez B. . . . — Map (db m33749) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brightwood — 16 — “Get Down You Fool”Battleground to Community — Brightwood Heritage Trail
Hearing those words, President Abraham Lincoln ducked down from the Fort Stevens parapet during the Civil War battle that stopped the Confederates from taking Washington. On July 9, 1864, some 15,000 Rebels led by General Jubal A. Early defeated . . . — Map (db m72829) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brightwood — 18 — A Streetcar Named BrightwoodBattleground to Community — Brightwood Heritage Trail
The Large Structure across Georgia Avenue opened in 1909 as a "car barn" for the Brightwood Railway. The facility could service more than 40 streetcars at once, and often did so late at night. As a young boy in the 1950s, Thomas Reardon . . . — Map (db m72831) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brightwood — 7 — An African American EnclaveBattleground to Community — Brightwood Heritage Trail
Even Before Emancipation freed Washington's enslaved people in April 1862, a free African American community had developed here amid the European American farmers. The District of Columbia, unlike its neighbors, permitted the formerly enslaved . . . — Map (db m72821) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brightwood — Army Medical Museum
Army Medical Museum has been designated a registered National Historic Landmark under the provision of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United . . . — Map (db m17095) WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brightwood — 17 — Aunt Betty's StoryBattleground to Community — Brightwood Heritage Trail
Elizabeth Proctor Thomas (1821-1917), a free Black woman whose image appears on each Brightwood Heritage Trail sign, once owned 11 acres in this area. Known, respectfully in her old age as "Aunt Betty," Thomas and her husband James farmed and kept . . . — Map (db m72830) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brightwood — 12 — Automobiling on The AvenueBattleground to Community — Brightwood Heritage Trail
This busy section once was a "Country Road" to Washingtonians looking for peace and recreation. If you drove by here a century ago, you would have passed woods and large estates, and might even have seen fox hunters. Across Georgia was the . . . — Map (db m72813) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brightwood — 13 — Battleground National CemeteryBattleground to Community — Brightwood Heritage Trail
After the rebels were turned back as the Battle of Fort Stevens ended in 1864, scores of Union Soldiers lay cold and silent. Forty-one of them are buried here in this tiny plot dedicated to their sacrifice. President Abraham Lincoln, who . . . — Map (db m72825) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brightwood — 5 — Build It And They Will ComeBattleground to Community — Brightwood Heritage Trail
In 1818 the Private Rockville and Washington Turnpike Co. began building a road to link Washington City to Rockville, Maryland. This road helped create a village. A toll gate on what today is Georgia Avenue between Quackenbos and Rittenhouse . . . — Map (db m72819) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Brookland — Charles Richard Drew Memorial Bridge
Named in honor of Dr. Charles Richard Drew, 1904-1950 esteemed citizen of the District of Columbia athlete, scholar, surgeon, and scientist whose discoveries in blood preservation saved thousands of lives. — Map (db m6262) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Buena Vista — 1 — A Navy TownAn East-of-the-River View — Anacostia HeritageTrail
Long before Metro opened a Green Line station here in 1991, the B&O Railroad's Alexandria Branch line ran a block behind you, along the river. The Washington & Anacostia Street Railway ran along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue a block ahead. The . . . — Map (db m88721) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Capitol Hill — “The President’s Trees”
Dedicated by Maryland State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, April 21, 1934. Growing on land that was once a part of Maryland and was in 1790 her gift to the United States of America for the national capitol, the 31 trees in this group . . . — Map (db m4893) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Capitol Hill — 6 of 16 — A Neighborhood For EveryoneTour of Duty — Barracks Row Heritage Trail
THE BUILDINGS NEAR THIS CORNER were built during a wave of private development that began after the United States won the Spanish-American War in 1898, and became a world power for the first time. As America flexed its muscles, the world — and . . . — Map (db m57119) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Capitol Hill — Acacia Life Insurance Building – 1936
Acacia Life Insurance Building – 1936 On March 3, 1869, President Andrew Johnson signed the Congressional Act chartering The Masonic Mutual Relief Association that became Acacia Life Insurance Company. Built as its headquarters . . . — Map (db m41886) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Capitol Hill — Alva Belmont House
Of this House The oldest part is one of the earliest buildings in this region. Robert Sewall bought the property and enlarged the house in 1799, and rebuilt and greatly altered it after war damage in 1814. Residence and office of . . . — Map (db m69271) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Capitol Hill — 12 — Christ Church and Its ParishionersTour of Duty — Barracks Row Heritage Trail
This is Christ Church, Washington Parish, the first Episcopal church established in Washington City (1794), and attended by Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams. At first Christ Church met in a nearby tobacco warehouse. In 1806 . . . — Map (db m39235) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Capitol Hill — Christ Church, Washington ParishFounded May 25, 1795 — [National Register of Historic Places]
First church in City of Washington. Present edifice dedicated October 8, 1809, by Bishop Thomas J. Claggett, first bishop consecrated on American soil - in New York, 1792. — Map (db m39163) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Capitol Hill — Christopher Columbus
To the memory of Christopher Columbus whose high faith and indominable courage gave to mankind a new world. Born MCDXXXVI - Died MDIV — Map (db m8603) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Chinatown — e.10 — ChinatownCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
dragons to bring rain, prosperity and friendship More than 280 dragons, crowned by 700 glazed tiles, look down from the Chinatown Friendship Archway before you. Symbols of the spirits that bring rain and prosperity in China, these . . . — Map (db m26935) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — A Gathering Place for Washingtonians — Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark
Since Meridian Hill Park opened in 1936, Washingtonians from diverse neighborhoods surrounding the park have gathered here for performances, community events, and political protest. When tens of thousands of people flocked to Washington D.C. in . . . — Map (db m63643) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves — Meridian Hill Park National Historic Landmark
It is perhaps no surprise that Commodore David Porter, hero of the War of 1812, chose Meridian Hill on which to build his estate. From this knoll, Porter had a direct line of sight to the President's mansion. Though no match for the grand buildings . . . — Map (db m63740) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — An American Meridian — Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark
Thomas Jefferson Believed the surveyor's of the nation's capital city should set a new American Meridian, a north-south line running through both poles and the American continent. This reference line, longitude 0° 0°, would aid navigation, . . . — Map (db m63770) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Art for the People — Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark
Congress ordered sculptures installed at Meridian Hill Park long before the park's completion. So many sculptures were authorized that Horace Peaslee, the park's architect, called for a moratorium on installations. He told the Commission of the Fine . . . — Map (db m63658) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Buchanan
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District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Campus to Army Camps and Back Again — Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark
President Monroe singed a charter in 1821 that established Columbian College on a site north of Florida Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Columbian College moved to Foggy Bottom in 1912 and became George Washington University, but the original . . . — Map (db m63771) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — Charles R. Drew and Lenore Robbins Drew3324 Sherman Avenue, NW, Apartment 1 — African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Dr. Charles R. Drew (1904-1950), renowned for his blood plasma research, was associated with Howard University College of Medicine during most of his career. In 1941 Drew joined a national effort to set up a blood banking process but left because . . . — Map (db m65523) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Columbia Heights — 15 of 19 — College HillCultural Convergence — Columbia Heights Heritage Trail
Wayland Seminary opened in Foggy Bottom just after the Civil War to train formerly enslaved people and others as “preachers and teachers for the South” and as missionaries to evangelize Africa. In 1875 it moved here, later merging with . . . — Map (db m23947) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 2 of 15 — A Day at the Picture ShowA 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 m104156) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — 5 of 15 — A Whirl on the Ferris WheelA 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 enjoying . . . — Map (db m24519) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "Surratt Boarding House"
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "The Bachelor"circa 1904
Wood, Donn & Deming, Architects 1737 H Street N.W. Nearby marker: This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m96429) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — "The First of Patriots - The Best of Men"
Commodore John Barry (1745-1803) was born in County Wexford, Ireland, but by age 15 called Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. He commanded several Continental Navy ships during the Revolutionary War and won decisive victories over the British. In . . . — Map (db m55504) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — “Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!”
With these legendary words, naval officer David G. Farragut led the Union fleet past Confederate mines (then called torpedoes) and to victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. From the rigging of his flagship, USS Hartford, . . . — Map (db m4104) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — A Fortress of FinanceThe US Treasury Building
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972, the US Treasury Building is the oldest departmental building in Washington. The building serves as the headquarters of the Treasury Department. Treasury's responsibilities encompass revenue collection, . . . — Map (db m100443) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln died in this house April 15, 1865 at 7:22 a.m. Purchased by the United States in 1896. — Map (db m28502) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Albert Gallatin
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Alexander Graham Bell
From the top floor of this building was sent on June 3, 1880 over a beam of light to 1325 L Street, the first wireless telephone message in the history of the world. The apparatus used in sending the message was the photophone invented by Alexander . . . — Map (db m17569) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Alexander Hamilton Memorial
[ on the front (south face) of pedestal :] Alexander Hamilton 1757-1804 First Secretary of the Treasury Soldier, Orator, Statesman Champion of Constitutional Union, Representative Government and National Integrity . . . — Map (db m32740) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Alexander Robey Shepherd
Governor, Territory of the District of Columbia (1873-1874) born Washington, D.C. January 31, 1835 died Batopilas, Mexico, September 12, 1902 buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Civil War Union veteran, entrepreneur, civil leader . . . — Map (db m65158) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — W.3 — Asbury United Methodist ChurchCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
Stories of slavery and freedom, of struggle and achievement are woven through the history of this African American congregation. Founded in 1836, by the time of the Civil War Asbury United Methodist Church was the preeminent Black church in the . . . — Map (db m70316) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Ashburton House
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District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Ballington and Maud BoothThe Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
Founded Volunteers of America in 1896 with the mission to reach and uplift all people. The Booths envisioned a movement that would care for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Their vision lives on in a national organization that . . . — Map (db m92086) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Baron von Steuben Memorial — Lafayette Square National Historic Landmark District
[north face :] Erected by the Congress of the United States to Frederick William Aug- ustus Henry Ferdinand Baron von Steuben in grateful recognition of his services to the American people in their struggle for . . . — Map (db m32878) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Bill W. and Dr. BobThe Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
United in their search for sobriety, Dr. Bob and Bill W. established Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. This fellowship allows men and women to share with one another their experience, strength and hope in order to carry the message of recovery to . . . — Map (db m92065) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Booker T. Washington 1856 - 1915The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
As an influential African-American, living in a time of escalating segregation, Booker T. Washington negotiated a course between accommodation and progress in advocating greater civil rights for blacks. His philosophy of “request” not . . . — Map (db m92066) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski1748 - 1779
(Bronze Plaque):Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski 1748-1779The bronze equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, portrays the Revolutionary War hero in the uniform of a Polish cavalry commander. Born in Winiary, Poland on March . . . — Map (db m17615) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
700 Jackson Place has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America National Park Service 1974 From 1910 to 1948 it served as the first . . . — Map (db m32879) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Central Public LibraryMount Vernon Square — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
This majestic building was opened in 1903 as the Central Public Library, popularly known as the Carnegie Library because Andrew Carnegie donated funds to build it. From the start Central was open to all. Mary Church Terrell and historian John . . . — Map (db m18794) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — 16 — Cesar Chavez1927 - 1993
Led by his desire to secure a better quality of life for migrant farm workers, Cesar Chavez helped found the United Farm Workers of America, the first effective farm workers' union in the United States. Under his leadership of nonviolent protest, . . . — Map (db m15471) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, D.C.
17th and M Streets, NW This school, completed in 1872, was one of three public elementary schools built for DC's black children just after the Civil War. Its name honors U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, who fought to abolish slavery . . . — Map (db m8184) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Children's Hospital
Here stood the first Children's Hospital of Washington, DC. Opened as a rented rowhouse in 1871, the hospital had a capacity of 12 beds and had only four doctors on staff. Now internationally recognized, Children's National Medical Center is proud . . . — Map (db m59703) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Clara Barton 1821 - 1912The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
Clara Barton lived a lifetime of tireless service to others. During the American Civil War, she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield,” delivering supplies and caring for the sick and wounded. After the war, Barton organized a . . . — Map (db m92177) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — .3 — Clara Barton, Angel of the Battlefield at HomeCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
“I have paid the rent of a room in Washington ... retaining it merely as a shelter to which I might return when my strength should fail me under exposure and labor at the field.” Clara Barton, December 1863. In November . . . — Map (db m36174) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Clifford W. Beers 1876 - 1943The Extra Mile — Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
Founded the National Mental Health Association in 1909 to improve mental health care and fight discrimination against people with mental illness. To instigate this reform, Beers courageously shared his own experience with mental illness in his . . . — Map (db m92194) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — Dewi Saraswati(Saraswati Goddess)
Goddess Saraswati is portrayed standing straight, facing forward, looking to the right direction, depicting positive thinking based on the values of truth. Universally, Saraswati is known as the goddess of knowledge and art. Embodied as a . . . — Map (db m71863) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — Admiral Miguel Grau
Gran Almirante de Peru Miguel Grau 1834-1879 La República del Perú al Caballero de los Mares Inaugurado por el Presidente del Consejo de Ministros Salomón Lerner Ghitis y el Embajador del Perú en los Estados Unidos de América Harold Forsyth . . . — Map (db m97802) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — 255 — All the Row HousesDupont Circle — Diverse Visions / One Neighborhood
All the row houses in the 1700 block of Q St. (north and south pictured above) were built in the mid-1880s by one of Washington's most prolific architects/builders, Thomas Franklin Schneider. The prosperity and growth during the 1880s in DC resulted . . . — Map (db m80020) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — Andrew Mellon Building
Andrew Mellon Building has been designated a National Historical Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. 1977 National Park Service United States Department of . . . — Map (db m40505) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — 244 — At 1740 New Hampshire Ave.Dupont Circle — Diverse Visions / One Neighborhood
(above) stands the Dove House (1898). The private home has been converted into a 12-unit condominium, including a single unit with a loft in the former high-ceilinged ballroom. The Art Deco Carlyle Suites at 1731 New Hampshire Ave., built as the . . . — Map (db m93409) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — Before the city built a bridgeDupont Circle — Diverse Visions / One Neighborhood
Before the city built a bridge over Rock Creek at P St., this area was a favorite fording place. In fact, it was here that the Baltimore Light Dragoons and French units led by Lafayette, Count Rochambeau and Duc De Lauzan crossed Rock Creek . . . — Map (db m98789) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — Carl Lutz
Here Lived Carl Lutz (1895-1975) Swiss diplomat, Righteous Among the Nations Who represented the interests of the United States of America in Budapest, Hungary during World War II and saved the lives of thousands of Jews. . . . — Map (db m69110) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — Charles Hamilton Houston ResidenceAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
1744 S Street, NW Charles Hamilton Houston (1895-1950) was a legal theorist and mentor to an entire generation of African American lawyers. As Howard University School of Law's vice dean, the Harvard-educated Houston helped transform the school . . . — Map (db m97798) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Dupont Circle — Charlotte Forten Grimke House
Has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. — Map (db m7125) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 1 — America's Main StreetMake No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail
The broadest and most important street in Pierre L'Enfant's Plan of 1791 for the nation's capital connects to the Capitol and the White House. Pennsylvania Avenue. Almost every American knows its name. Almost every visitor to the Washington sets . . . — Map (db m57215) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 5 — Appointed RoundsMake No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail
The imposing Ariel Rios Building opened in 1934 to house the U.S. Post Office Department. Architect William A. Delano, of the New York firm Delano and Aldrich, drew inspiration from Paris and other European cities to design the building's unusual . . . — Map (db m57207) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Federal Triangle — 6 — Arts and ArtistsMake No Little Plans — Federal Triangle Heritage Trail
Woodrow Wilson Plaza honors President Woodrow Wilson, noted scholar and former president of Princeton University. Located just inside the Ronald Reagan building ahead is the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the nation's memorial to . . . — Map (db m57208) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — "The Seven Buildings"Erected c. 1795
The Embassy of Mexico incorporates the two surviving facades of a set of seven row houses known as “The Seven Buildings”. This complex has an intimate relationship with American history, and the government of Mexico is proud to honor . . . — Map (db m89348) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — Ysabel I, La Catolica[Queen Isabella of Spain and the Americas]
Panel 1, east side of pedestal, facing 17th St.: Ysabel I La Catolica Reina de Castilla de Aragon de las Islas y Tierra Firme del Mar Oceano Panel 2, upper west side of pedestal, facing OAS Hdqts.: Esta estatua fue . . . — Map (db m65257) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — A Canal to the West - Tide Lock
[Panel 1:] A Canal to the West For years it was a dream – a canal to open a trade route from local commercial centers to the rich Ohio country across the Allegheny Mountains. Business would thrive as mule-drawn barges carried . . . — Map (db m46939) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — Albert Einstein - The Einstein Memorial
[Panel 1:] Albert Einstein, March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955. "As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law prevail," Albert . . . — Map (db m68433) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — Aleksandr Pushkin — 1799 -1837
During his all too brief life, Aleksandr Pushkin created a body of literary works of astonishing, life-affirming beauty. Deeply attached to his Russian and African roots, Pushkin’s genius was devoted to the values of honor, freedom and individual . . . — Map (db m46981) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — Announcement of the Atomic Age[Niels Bohr]
On this campus, January 26, 1939, Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr reported the splitting of the uranium nucleus with the release of two hundred million electron volts of energy, thus heralding the beginning of the atomic age. This announcement took place . . . — Map (db m47330) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — Benito Juárez Memorial — Statues of the Liberators
[Inscriptions, east face:] Respect for the rights of others is peace Benito Juárez 1806-1872 The people of Mexico to the people of the United States of America El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz Benito Juárez 1806-1872 El pueblo de . . . — Map (db m82923) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — Bernardo de Gálvez Memorial
Bernardo de Gálvez (Count de Gálvez) 1746 - 1786 "Bernardo de Gálvez the great Spanish soldier carried out a courageous campaign in lands bordering the lower Mississippi. This masterpiece of military strategy lightened the pressure of . . . — Map (db m40957) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Fort McNair — Building 20, Grant Hall
In 1829, the Federal Penitentiary was built on this site. Designed by Charles Bulfinch, the Architect of the Capitol, the Penitentiary was influenced by the prison reform movement of the 1820s. In 1831, an eastern extension to the building added a . . . — Map (db m64922) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Gallaudet — "Ole Jim"Peikoff Alumni House — Gallaudet University
Panel 1 “Ole Jim” Fondly known by Gallaudet alumni as “Ole Jim,” this building was the first Gallaudet College gymnasium. Designed by Frederick Withers and built in 1881, it was the nation’s second gymnasium . . . — Map (db m40440) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Gallaudet — Ballard House("House #2")
Erected in 1867 Melville Ballard (1839-1912) Classes of 1886 (B.S.) & 1870 (M.S.) Ballard was the first undergraduate to receive a bachelor of science degree in 1866 from the National Deaf-Mute College, now Gallaudet University. He taught at . . . — Map (db m96354) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Gallaudet — Chapel HallGallaudet College
Chapel Hall Gallaudet College has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935, this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the . . . — Map (db m40459) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Georgetown Historic District 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m98981) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — Ambassador David K. E. BruceEvangeline Bell Bruce House
1405 34th Street c. 1810 Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown Easement acquired September 1996 — Map (db m97748) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — America's Oldest Catholic University
Georgetown University, founded in 1789 by Reverend John Carroll as a school for students of “Every Religious Profession,” is the oldest Catholic university in America, administered by the Jesuits since 1805. According to the 1831 . . . — Map (db m90222) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — An Industrial Georgetown
If you could have walked along the towpath here in the 19th and early 20th century, your senses would have been overwhelmed by industrial pollution. The dust from coal being unloaded from canal boats fogged the air. The stench of animal fat being . . . — Map (db m82653) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — At All Hours
“It shall be their duty, at all hours, by night as well as by day, to pass all boats and floats presenting themselves at their locks.” —Charles Mercer, President, C&O Canal Company. Every time his boat passed through a lock, a . . . — Map (db m128) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Commenced at Georgetown. July 4th 1828. Chief Engineer Benjamin Wright. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Company, 1850. President James M. Coale. Directors William A. Bradley, Henry Daingerfield, Wm. Cost Johnson, John . . . — Map (db m118) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — Chesapeake and Ohio CanalNational Historical Marker
One of the best preserved and least altered of old American canals, the Chesapeake and Ohio grew from Washington's vision of linking the valleys of the early west with the east by “ties of communication,” The Potomac Company fostered by . . . — Map (db m97477) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — Colonel Ninian Beall
Born Scotland 1625 - Died Maryland 1717 Patentee of Rock of Dunbarton Member of the House of Burgesses Commander in Chief of Provincial Forces of Maryland in grateful recognition of his services "upon all incursions and disturbances of . . . — Map (db m110022) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) — "The Gun"Hontoria 140 mm.
This Hontoria 140 mm. (5.9 in.) naval gun was taken from the Spanish cruiser Almirante Oquendo following her capture at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba on 3 July 1898 during the Spanish-American War. Almirante Oquendo, of the Infanta Maria . . . — Map (db m63901) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) — Bolling Air Force Base
[Panel 1]: Old Bolling Field 1917 - Survey for the site of a military flying field to be used for defense of Washington and for proficiency flying. Captain William "Billy" Mitchell, commander of Army Signal Corps Aeronautics . . . — Map (db m63896) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Judiciary Square — e.6 — A Courthouse RebornCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
(Front): The old City Hall/Courthouse endured hard use, was abandoned, and then was transformed. In 2009 it re-opened as the DC Court of Appeals, redesigned by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, which modernized the interior while . . . — Map (db m58612) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Judiciary Square — Albert Pike Monument
[pedestal, north face:] Albert Pike Vixit Laborum Ejus Supersites Sunt Fructus Author - Poet [pedestal, west face:] Scholar - Soldier [pedestal, south face:] Erected 1901 by the Supreme Council of . . . — Map (db m29652) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Judiciary Square — e.5 — Building Out the SquareCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
(Front): The great depression (1929-1941) meant economic catastrophe for millions of Americans, but in Washington it meant a building boom as the Federal Government staffed up to the end the economic crisis. In 1931 alone Congress approved . . . — Map (db m61823) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Judiciary Square — e.1 — Chief Justice John MarshallCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
A bronze likeness of Chief Justice John Marshall, visible on your way to the next Heritage Trail sign, keeps watch over John Marshall Park to your right. Marshall is remembered for molding the U.S. Supreme Court into today's authoritative body. . . . — Map (db m56495) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Kent — Battery Kemble ParkDefense of Washington
Built in the autumn of 1861 and enlarged in 1862, the battery was named for Gouveneur Kemble of Cold Spring, NY, a former superintendent of the West Point Foundry. The battery, which consisted of two 100-pound Parrott guns, was designed to sweep the . . . — Map (db m4078) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Kingman Park — Clark Calvin Griffith
[south face of monument]: {Rendering of Clark Calvin Griffith with the title}            "The Old Fox" Clark Calvin Griffith Born Clear Creek, Missouri November 20, 1869 Pitcher - Manager - Owner Member of Hall of Fame . . . — Map (db m15615) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — 3 — A Voice from the SouthWorthy 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 m88158) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Best in the CountryWorthy 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 m87837) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), LeDroit Park — Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site319 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), Logan Circle — 5 — “Contraband” to CommunityA Fitting Tribute — Logan Circle Heritage Trail
The Entire Block to Your Left was once a Civil War-era camp and hospital for formerly enslaved African Americans After the Civil War broke out in 1861, thousands walked away from bondage. When some sought shelter at Fortress Monroe, . . . — Map (db m79630) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — 6 Logan
Built for Capt. Allen V. Reed, USN Circa 1878 Renovated 1986 by Allan Bortel & Associates — Map (db m80163) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — A Neighborhood RebornLogan Circle — National Mall & Memorial Parks
The Logan Circle Historic District has a rich history of change. A fashionable, exclusive neighborhood had evolved by the 1870s – home to members of Congress, such as Senator John Logan of Illinois. By the turn of the 20th century, Iowa . . . — Map (db m63401) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — 3 — Automobile RowA Fitting Tribute — Logan Circle Heritage Trail
Etched into the corner of the building next to this sign are the names of cars and trucks sold here back when showrooms lined this stretch of 14th Street. Hurley Motor Company, which opened here in 1920, sold Milwaukee-made Nash cars and trucks. . . . — Map (db m79975) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — Belford V. Lawson and Marjorie M. Lawson Residence8 Logan Circle, NW — African American Heritage Trail, Washington D. C.
Belford V. Lawson (1909–1985) and Marjorie M. Lawson (1912–2002) were prominent attorneys. Mr. Lawson helped win landmark civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including New Negro Alliance v. Sanitary Grocery (1938) . . . — Map (db m79362) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — Bethune Museum-Archives
Mary McLeod Bethume "Council House" National Historic Site Designated October 15, 1982 by Act of Congress Born on July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina, Mary McLeod Bethune was the daughter of sharecroppers. After attending Scotia Seminary in . . . — Map (db m17502) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — Charles M. “Sweet Daddy” Grace Residence11 Logan Circle, NW — African American Heritage Trail – Washington DC
Charles M. “Sweet Daddy” Grace (1881-1960) brought his United House of Prayer for All People of the Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith to Washington in 1927, eight years after founding the charismatic Christian denomination in . . . — Map (db m79318) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mahaning Heights — 13 of 15 — “What Magic Has Been Wrought Here”A Self-Reliant People — Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail
On, May 18,1966, Crowds Gathered here to witness Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007) rededicate eight acres of Watts Branch Park. “No one more than the residents of this area knows what magic has been wrought here at Watts . . . — Map (db m103271) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Massachusetts Heights — All Hallows GuildWashington National Cathedral
In recognition of the contributions made by generations of All Hallows Guild members since 1916 to the gardens, oak grove, and grounds of Washington National Cathedral a haven of peace and refreshment a revelation of God’s beauty and a . . . — Map (db m71205) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Massachusetts Heights — Bishop Aimilianos Laloussis
[ Top of monument :] His Grace, Bishop Aimilianos Laloussis - 1902-1992 In celebration of his life and work, this park is lovingly dedicated. [Image of His Grace] [ Monument Panels 1 and 2 :] This park is . . . — Map (db m31261) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 5 of 17 — Avenue of ChurchesVillage in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
To Your Left is Canaan Baptist Church. Its relocation here from Georgia Avenue in 1963 was the fulfillment of pastor Rev. M. Cecil Mills's dream to preside over the first African American church on this avenue of churches. The congregation . . . — Map (db m75273) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Vernon Square — Blanche K. Bruce House
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District of Columbia (Washington), Navy Yard — "4-in. 40 caliber rifles"
These two guns, originally known as breech-loading rifles, are trained in a southerly direction, to either side of the flagpole. Gun on East side, registry no. 21, manufactured in 1896 here at the Navy Yard mounted on USS PURITAN (Monitor #1, . . . — Map (db m52098) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Navy Yard — 16-inch Projectiles
These projectiles were fired from the largest guns used by the U.S. Navy, specifically the 16-inch/50 caliber guns on the Iowa-class battleships. These ships were the USS Iowa (BB61), USS New Jersey (BB62), USS Missouri (BB63), and USS Wisconsin . . . — Map (db m32618) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 15 — At the CrossroadsHub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
One year before Congress and the President arrived in their new capital city in 1800, Washington's Navy Yard opened at the foot of Eighth Street, two miles south of this sign. The yard soon became the city's biggest employer. In 1908 streetcars . . . — Map (db m71680) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Near Northeast — 9 — Brickyards to BuildingsHub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
The Trinidad neighborhood, named for W.W. Corcoran's original estate, got its start in the 1890s after the Washington Brick Machine Company used up the clay here making bricks. With H Street filling in with houses and businesses, the company sold . . . — Map (db m71686) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), NoMa/Sursum Corda — 1 — All Aboard!Hub, Home, Heart — Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail
Union Station, across First Street, was the world’s largest railroad terminal when it opened in 1907. Its construction took five years and displaced hundreds of small houses and businesses. Architect Daniel Burnham’s Beaux-Arts masterpiece, with . . . — Map (db m71678) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Palisades — Abner Cloud House
This house witnessed the building of the C&O Canal. Abner Cloud, a miller who had come here from Pennsylvania, built the house in 1801. Cloud's mill was about 200 yards upstream. The basement of the house was used by Cloud to store grain and flour, . . . — Map (db m722) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — "Blodget's Hotel"
[The Great Seal of the United States] In 1800, the building erected on this site by Samuel Blodget was the scene of the first theatrical performance given in Washington. From 1812 to 1836 it sheltered the city post office and, for part of . . . — Map (db m103077) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — 601 Pennsylvania Avenue
On this site in 1814, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was first sung in public. The most famous of several hotels on this block was Brown's Marble Hotel (1851-1935), an innovative Greek Revival landmark, where John Tyler and Abraham Lincoln were guests. . . . — Map (db m66714) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — .5 — Abraham Lincoln Walked HereCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
“Tonight, beautiful women, perfume, and the violins’ sweetness ... [yet during the war] the amputation, the blue face, the groan, the glassy eye of the dying.” Walt Whitman At 10:30 p.m. on March 4, 1865, a tired and gaunt . . . — Map (db m28665) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Andrew W. MellonMemorial Fountain
Andrew W. Mellon 1855 – 1937 Financier, Industrialist, Statesman Secretary of the Treasury 1921-1932 Ambassador to Great Britain 1932-1933 Founder of the National Gallery of Art 1937 This fountain is a tribute from his . . . — Map (db m71866) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — .2 — Ceremony at the CrossroadsCivil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail
“Imagine a great avenue [with] solid ranks of soldiers, just marching steady all day long, for two days. ...” Walt Whitman. It took two days for the grand parade of 200,000 victorious Union soldiers described by the great American poet . . . — Map (db m14875) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Chief Petty Officers'Centennial Time Capsule — 2093
The rank of chief petty officer - the senior position among naval enlisted ranks - was established by the Navy Department in 1893. A time capsule was placed within this foundation on 13 October 1993 to be opened in the chiefs’ bicentennial year . . . — Map (db m31913) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Petworth — Billy Simpson's House of Seafood and SteaksAfrican American Heritage Trail
3515 Georgia Avenue Billy Simpson's provided DC's African American community with an upscale venue for dining and socializing in the period when segregation was ending and African Americans claimed a larger role in city affairs. The . . . — Map (db m66181) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 10 of 19 — "Strike!"Lift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
Students of the 1930s and '40s protested lynchings nationwide and DC businesses that snubbed African Americans. In the early 1960s students organized sit-ins, registered voters in the South, and discussed pan-African theories. In 1966 university . . . — Map (db m99365) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 11 of 19 — "The Lake So Blue"Lift 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 Old . . . — Map (db m53652) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 15 of 19 — "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 short . . . — Map (db m65674) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 13 of 19 — 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 m98755) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — 12 of 19 — 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 m98365) 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 of 19 — 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 m85497) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 13 of 17 — “Sweet Daddy” GraceMidcity at the Crossroads — Shaw Heritage Trail
Along this block is the world headquarters of the United House of Prayer for All People. Founded in 1919 in Massachusetts by Charles M. “Sweet Daddy” Grace, the church moved its headquarters to Washington in 1926. Soon after, it . . . — Map (db m27731) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 6 of 14 — A Home Away From HomeCity 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 the . . . — Map (db m40767) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 9 of 14 — A Magic PlaceCity 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), Shaw — African American Civil War Memorial"Spirit of Freedom" — Civil War to Civil Rights and Beyond
This memorial is dedicated to those who served in the African American units of the Union Army in the Civil War. The 209,145 names inscribed on these walls commemorate those fighters of freedom. [Names of the officers and enlisted men who . . . — Map (db m41748) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 4 of 19 — Armed Resistance"Lift Every Voice" — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail
Shortly before midnight on July 22, 1919, James Scott, a black army veteran, boarded a streetcar at the corner and nearly lost his life. A few days before, a white mob, including many veterans of World War I, had terrorized Southwest DC, . . . — Map (db m51680) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — Ben's Chili Bowl / Minnehaha Theater1213 U Street, NW — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
Ben's Chili Bowl, founded in 1958 by Ben and Virginia Ali, is one of the oldest continuous businesses on U Street. It is also one of the few to survive both the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and the years of the disruptive . . . — Map (db m20341) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — Carter G. Woodson House
Has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. — Map (db m7121) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 4 of 14 — Civil War Camp to Victorian NeighborhoodCity 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 for . . . — Map (db m14858) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Sheridan-Kalorama — Alberto Santos-Dumont
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District of Columbia (Washington), Sheridan-Kalorama — Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt
Justice – Peace - Dignity Orlando Letelier Apr. 13, 1932 – Sept. 21, 1976 Ronni K. Moffitt Jan. 10, 1951 – Sept. 21, 1976 — Map (db m98758) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Sheridan-Kalorama — Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes
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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 — 4 — A Mixing BowlRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Front 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 . . . — Map (db m109105) 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 of 17 — 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 came . . . — Map (db m88874) HM
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 — 8 of 17 — 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 from . . . — Map (db m25171) 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 — Benjamin Banneker Park
“… 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 Benjamin . . . — Map (db m20384) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 17 of 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 m32571) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — Can you identify these famous Civil Rights leaders?All four lived in this Southwest DC neighborhood!
Front Can You identify these famous Civil Rights leaders? All four lived in this Southwest DC neighborhood! Back Who are these famous Civil Rights leaders? Barbara Jordan (upper left) Patsy Mink (wearing Molly . . . — Map (db m109102) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Southwest — 1 — Change on the WaterfrontRiver Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail
Front 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 . . . — Map (db m109108) 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), Spring Valley — Birthplace of the Army Chemical Corps
Soon after the United States entered the First World War in 1917, the American University’s offer of its campus and buildings for war work was accepted. The permanent buildings and part of campus were turned over to the Bureau of Mines on July 6, . . . — Map (db m34014) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Takoma — 98th Pennsylvania Infantry
In Memory of Our Comrades Killed and Wounded in Battle on This Field July 11th & 12th 1864 98th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers First Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Corps — Map (db m76116) WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Takoma — Battleground National Cemetery — Rock Creek Park
During the late evening of July 12, 1864, 40 Union soldiers that perished while defending Washington DC from a two day Confederate attack (known as the Battle of Fort Stevens) were laid to rest here in what was once an apple orchard. President . . . — Map (db m63644) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Tenleytown — 2 — A Country RoadTop of the Town — Tenleytown Heritage Trail
Step back into the 19th century with a walk down Grant Road, ahead and to your left. This winding byway recalls Tenleytown’s farming past. In fact Grant Road’s undisturbed quality earned it National Historic District and DC Historic District . . . — Map (db m41019) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — A Legacy of Healing and HopeVietnam Women's Memorial
Over 265,000 American women served during the Vietnam era (1956 through 1975) and over 11,000 saw duty in Vietnam. The majority served as nurses, caring for thousands of wounded servicemen in the difficult conditions of crowded transports, harsh . . . — Map (db m7878) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — A Monumental LegacyNational Mall and Memorial Parks
The Washington Monument honors George Washington, hero of the American Revolution and first president of the United States. When this stunning stone obelisk was completed in 1884, it was the tallest building in the world. Today the monument towers . . . — Map (db m109324) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — A Symbol of International Friendship
On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft, Viscountess Iwa Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador to the United States, and a small group of people assembled at the Tidal Basin. There they planted the first two of more than 3,000 flowering . . . — Map (db m93423) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Alaska and Hawaii
The Federal Union of the States at the heart of Lincoln’s purpose is symbolized in his memorial by 36 columns beneath the names of the 36 states composing the Union in his lifetime. When the memorial was designed, the Union included 48 states named . . . — Map (db m49457) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Andrew Jackson Downing
[Inscription on urn pedestal, 1856]: This vase was erected by his friends in memory of ANDREW JACKSON DOWNING who died July 28, 1852, aged 37 years. He was born, and lived, and died upon the Hudson River. His life was . . . — Map (db m46600) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Arts and Industries Building
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District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Arts and Industries Building
The Arts and Industries Building, the second oldest Smithsonian building, was the first building designed for the National Museum, as the Smithsonian's first museum was known. It was constructed between 1879 and 1881 to meet the need for more . . . — Map (db m108904) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Asteroids and Comets
You are standing in the "asteroid belt," a region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter where countless rocks called asteroids orbit the Sun. Every so often icy body called comets pass through this region on their way to the inner solar system. . . . — Map (db m110092) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Bald Cypress[Native American Agriculture] — [U.S. Department of Agriculture]
This tree commemorates the many contributions Native Americans have made to American agriculture, plants domesticated and harvested by Native Americans in the New World still make up a significant proportion of all vegetables produced worldwide. . . . — Map (db m47743) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Bald Cypress • Ártu (ar-too)
In the middle of the wetlands, you can see the entire life cycle of the unusual bald cypress tree. A fallen cypress was placed in the wetlands to evoke an authentic wetlands environment--and a young cypress has begun to grow out of the stump of the . . . — Map (db m110077) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Boy Scout Memorial
The two symbolic figures represent the sum of the great ideals of past civilizations, developed through the centuries and now at best is delivered by American manhood and womanhood to the present generation. The Boy Scout, aware of his . . . — Map (db m7970) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Bradford Pear Tree
(Pyrus calleryana Bradford) An ornamental shade tree developed by U.S.D.A. Scientists Planted May 2, 1966 by Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson Orville L. Freeman, Secretary of Agriculture Va. & Md. 4-H Clubs In behalf of National Beautification . . . — Map (db m70457) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Broadleaf Cattail • Káhkáhaskwar (kaw-kaw-has-quar)
Nearly every Native community in North America has used the cattail as food, medicine, or raw material for baskets and mats. The cattail contains ten times the amount of starch as potatoes--an important source of energy. The Micmac and . . . — Map (db m110076) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Bulfinch Gate House
Erected about 1828 under direction of Charles Bulfinch, Architect of the Capitol, this gate house stood until 1874 with another (now at 17th and Constitution Avenue) at the west entrance to the Capitol Grounds — Map (db m245) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Bulfinch Gate House
Erected about 1828 under direction of Charles Bulfinch, Architect of the Capitol, this gate house stood until 1874 with another (now at 15th and Constitution Avenue) at the west entrance to the Capitol Grounds. — Map (db m80144) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock?
Shhhh, quiet please! Listen. Can you hear the echo of the water bouncing off the rock? Stand in front of this boulder, and listen to the echo of the water. This stone surface amplifies sound, just like ancient Mayan ball courts. In . . . — Map (db m110088) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Cardinal Direction Marker: North
This granite stone is one of the oldest on earth – four billion years old! Before its two-week journey to Washington, D.C., the Dogrib (Tlicho) community of Acasta Lake, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, blessed the stone. The Dogrib recount . . . — Map (db m49627) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Cardinal Direction Marker: South
This boulder traveled more than 18,000 miles from the southernmost point of South America! Between 65 and 145 million years old, this granite stone was given to the museum by the Yagán people of Chile. The Yagán want this stone to represent their . . . — Map (db m110071) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Cardinal Direction Marker: West
This 300-year-old lava stone has a name: Kane Po. After a 20-year stay at the museum, it will return to its home in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park near Hilo. Native Hawaiians consider it to be a living relative. It is one of four Cardinal . . . — Map (db m110090) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Cardinal Direction Markers
Native peoples honor the Four Directions through ceremony, song, art, and architecture. On the edges of the museum site, four large stones known as Cardinal Direction Markers honor Native cultures of the north, south, east, and west. Can you . . . — Map (db m110081) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Carousel on the Mall, Washington, D.C.
On August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, not far from here. On that same day, this carousel was part of a small but significant victory for Civil . . . — Map (db m68236) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Cedar of LebanonCedrus libani — National Museum/National Museum of Natural History
This tree commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1904 groundbreaking of the new National Museum. A wooded park, with a variety of trees including these cedars, previously stood here. Dedicated on June 15, 2004 Photo caption: . . . — Map (db m70231) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — Colossal Head 4 (replica)Olmec Culture — San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, Vera Cruz, 1200-900 B.C.E.
This portrait of an Olmec ruler is among 17 colossal heads known from one of the world’s great ancient civilizations. Without wheels or iron tools, the Olmec created spectacular monumental sculptures and ceremonial centers on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. . . . — Map (db m39628) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Theodore Roosevelt Island — Causeway
After the great ice-flood of 1784 continued siltation of the river threatened to close the Georgetown Port. In an attempt to deepen the Georgetown Harbor a causeway was constructed on this location in 1805. A road connected it with John Mason's . . . — Map (db m102505) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), U Street Corridor (Shaw) — 11 of 14 — A Shared NeighborhoodCity 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, demolished . . . — Map (db m80471) HM

District of Columbia, Washington — Battle of Fort StevensFormer Walter Reed Army Medical Center — Walking Tour 1
Although nothing remains of the original landscape, this area was a battleground of the only Civil War battle fought in Washington. On July 11, 1864, Confederate troops attempted to capture the Union's capitol by first taking a meagerly defended . . . — Map (db m105292) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), West Potomac Park — Air Mail
The world's first airplane mail to be operated as a continuously scheduled public service started from this field May 15, 1918. The route connected Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Curtiss JN 4-H airplanes with a capacity of 150 pounds of . . . — Map (db m17619) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Woodley Park — 3524 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
1920-1930: Apartments, Shops and Cars “Connecticut Avenue is the principal approach to what is undoubtedly Washington's greatest suburban buying power” — The Washington Post, December 7, 1930 Early development . . . — Map (db m82093) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Woodley Park — Black and Gray SquirrelsA historic tale of animal rescue — Backyard Biology
"We ask every American to lend a hand to save Silver-Tail" -- William Temple Hornaday (1913) When the gray squirrel nearly disappeared The gray squirrel once was considered such a pest that bounties were put on it. In 1749, . . . — Map (db m67836) HM

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