A Fitting Tribute
— Logan Circle Heritage Trail —After the Civil Disturbances following the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, 14th Street appeared largely abandoned by day. By night, however, residents witnessed scenes of the "world's oldest profession," Since the 1950s, when prostitution migrated here from downtown DC, men in cars from around the region seeking women caused traffic jams. This trade flourished because prostitutes were often bailed out of jail within hours and returned to the streets. In addition three police districts intersected at 14th and L Streets, so instead of making arrests, officers often simply shooed prostitutes and their customers into someone else's district. "You don't want your crime rate to go up," one officer told a reporter in 1989, "so you make them go somewhere else." On one notable summer night that year, a police sergeant trying to send them "somewhere else" marched 24 women all the way to the 14th Street Bridge. Undaunted, the women returned in cabs.
|Placed By||Cultural Heritage DC - Logan Circle Heritage Trail|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 323835 N 4308620|
|Decimal Degrees||38.90881667, -77.03173333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 54.529', W 77° 1.904'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 54' 31.74" N, 77° 1' 54.24" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1320 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC 20005, US|
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