The Roots of Reed-Cooke

The Roots of Reed-Cooke (HMB4C)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
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N 38° 55.292', W 77° 2.321'

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— Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —

In 1947, the building on your left opened as the National Arena, a public roller rink and bowling alley. It also hosted professional wrestling, roller derbies, and rock concerts. In 1986 it became the Citadel Motion Picture Center, where portions of Peggy Sue Got Married, Gardens of Stone, and other movies were filmed. In 1994 MTV recorded its town hall meeting with President Bill Clinton in the studio here in Reed-Cooke.

Reed-Cooke's earliest African American settlers moved here from what is now Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. The came in the late 1880s after Mary Foote Henderson evicted them from her property. Reed-Cooke became industrial as well as residential, with warehouses and car dealerships. The Church of the Savior's missions and King Emmanuel Baptist Church (originally Meridian Hill Church), behind you on Kalorama Road, supported the community's spiritual and social needs.

Like much of this area, Reed-Cooke experienced decline in the 1950s and 1960s. The Adams Morgan Planning Committee called its small industrial section a "deteriorating influence," and wanted to demolish or adapt it along with nearby houses. But residents worked to fend off urban renewal and the Adams Morgan Organization, Jubilee Housing, Adams Morgan Community Development Corporation, King Emmanuel Baptist Church, and many others mustered funding to preserve buildings and create affordable apartments.

In 1981 ANC Commissioner Edward G. Jackson, Sr., coined "Reed-Cooke" for the area between 16th and 18th Streets, and led a community effort to make it official. The name, like Adams Morgan's, recognizes two schools: the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center (Champlain Street), and the H.D. Cooke Elementary School (17th and Euclid).
HM NumberHMB4C
Marker Number3 of 18
Year Placed2005
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 12:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323264 N 4310044
Decimal Degrees38.92153333, -77.03868333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.292', W 77° 2.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 17.52" N, 77° 2' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1631-1699 Kalorama Rd NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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