Nichols Avenue Elementary School/Old Birney School Site Historical

Nichols Avenue Elementary School/Old Birney School Site Historical (HM1WEG)

Location: Washington, DC 20020
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 51.736', W 76° 59.608'

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2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE

—African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC —

James G. Birney Elementary School (founded 1889) was the city's first public school for African Americans in this area, then known as Hillsdale. Previously, residents organized their own schools. The Old Birney School expanded in 1901 with the construction of this Italian Renaissance building. In 1962 it was renamed for Nichols Avenue, the original name of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. After educating thousands of area schoolchildren, the building served as a community center and a library before standing vacant. Community activism saved it from derrlolition in the 1970s. The remodeled building re-opened in 2005 as Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School
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Date Added Friday, December 30th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 327040 N 4303380
Decimal Degrees38.86226667, -76.99346667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.736', W 76° 59.608'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 44.16" N, 76° 59' 36.48" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2427 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington DC 20020, US
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