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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Georgia Avenue Heritage Trail to open Saturday

As part of its ongoing effort to unlock the often-hidden history of local Washington, D.C., Cultural Tourism DC has designed a Heritage Trail that follows a large swath of Georgia Avenue.

“Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail” will be officially unveiled Saturday at 11 a.m. at Howard University Hospital. The hospital is the site of the beloved Griffith Stadium, a destination for generations of sports fans.
Students at Miner Normal School on Georgia Avenue around 1900 (Library of Congress)

The Georgia Avenue trail, the 12th in the group’s series of neighborhood markers and walks, is a hardy 1.9 mile walk, starting at the Shaw-Howard University Metrorail station at 7th and S Streets. It’s all uphill from there until the final sign at the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metrorail station at Georgia and New Hampshire Ave. N.W.

The tour includes Howard University, the country’s first African American liberal arts college, the location of a German beer garden, the legendary Howard Theatre and Zora Neale Hurston’s boarding house. There will be facts about the street itself, one of the city’s oldest routes and one President Lincoln took to reach his summer cottage. Also, 19 signs with details, photographs and maps will line the route.
Aerial view of Griffith Stadium in 1941 (DC Housing Authority)

As an introduction to the rich past of the area, a special Griffith Stadium exhibition will be housed at the hospital for one year. The field saw the heroics and downfalls of the Washington Redskins, the Washington Senators and the Homestead Grays.

Along the way will be guides in English and Spanish, as well as at the group’s website-www.CulturalTourismDC.org. The group is a nonprofit collective of more than 230 organizations throughout the city.

By  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

 
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