WASHINGTON — Few Washington streets are as rich in history as Georgia Avenue — home of the first African-American liberal arts university, President Abraham Lincoln’s commuter route, Zora Neale Hurston’s boarding house, the first hospital for African Americans and site of historic Griffith Stadium, where the Negro baseball league’s Homestead Grays, Washington Redskins and Washington Senators once played.
Howard University and Cultural Tourism DC recently hosted the unveiling of the Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail for the community with activities that included a health fair and a scavenger hunt for the children.
The trail, the city’s 12 heritage trail, tells the story of Georgia Avenue and its communities through poster-sized plaques at 19 sites in four district neighborhoods, Shaw, Pleasant Plains, Park View and Petworth. The trail stretches from the first plaque at the Metro stop at Georgia Avenue S Street to the final poster at the Metro stop at Georgia and New Hampshire avenues.
Some of the featured sites include
*The Howard Theatre, which opened in 1910 as the nation’s first major theater built for African Americans.
*Howard University, founded in 1867 to educate youth “in the liberal arts and sciences”
*Freedmen’s Hospital, founded in 1862 to serve the city’s African-American community
*The site of Griffith Stadium and the new Griffith Stadium Exhibit
*The boardinghouse where novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston lived while a student at Howard University
*Georgia Avenue’s “Nile Valley”
*Buildings that once housed Wonder Bread and other bakeries
For more information, visit these sites:
The Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Trail
Other Heritage Trail Sites