Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site

Will Marion Cook Family Residence Site (HM243G)

Location: Washington, DC 20059
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.264', W 77° 1.26'

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African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

2232 Sixth Street, NW

Will Marion Cook (1869-1944) was an internationally renowned violinist and composer. After studying music at Oberlin College (Ohio) and the National Conservatory of Music (New York), Cook turned to creating musical comedies. Among them was Clorindy, the Origin of the Cakewalk, the first musical comedy written, directed, and performed entirely by African American artists. Later Cook's New York Syncopated Orchestra toured Europe, playing classical music and introducing audiences to American Jazz.

Cook's father, John Hartwell Cook, graduated from Howard University Law School in 1871. His son, Mercer Cook (1903-1987), taught Romance languages at Howard and later served as a U.S. ambassador. The family home once stood at this spot.

Cultural Tourism DC
Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office

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Will Marion Cook
Moorland-Springarn Research Center,
Howard University
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HM NumberHM243G
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Date Added Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at 7:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324796 N 4309959
Decimal Degrees38.92106667, -77.02100000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.264', W 77° 1.26'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 15.84" N, 77° 1' 15.6" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16 6th St NW, Washington DC 20059, US
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