Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (HM54P)

Location: Washington, DC 20036
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N 38° 54.356', W 77° 2.298'

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— 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 here, pay black soldiers the same as whites, establish the Freedman's Bureau, and provide education to all children. Designed by Adolf Cluss, Sumner opened as the city's most modern school building. After it closed in 1978, Sumner School was saved from demolition through an organized community effort. Today it serves as a museum on public education and the repository of the DC Public School System's official archives.
HM NumberHM54P
Series This marker is part of the Washington, D.C.: African American Heritage Trail series
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 3:22am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323258 N 4308312
Decimal Degrees38.90593333, -77.03830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.356', W 77° 2.298'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 21.36" N, 77° 2' 17.88" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1675 M St NW, Washington DC 20036, US
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