Annual Prayer Breakfast - March 17, 2018
Renowned vocalist Mrs. Annette Singletary rendered music at MRSPT’s Annual Prayer breakfast held at the St. Luke Baptist Church in upper northwest D.C., and St. Luke’s Pastor, Rev. Aubrey C. Lewis, offered Meditations reflecting upon this year’s theme: “Be Kind to One Another.” Accompanied by family members, Mrs. Doris Taylor, who taught at the Military Road School from 1952 until it closed as a public school in 1954, was among the attendees. Mrs. Clorie Carpenter, Mrs. Ruth B. Johnson and Mrs. Beatrice Liggins, all of whom are Military Road School alumni, were among the program participants.
2018 Military Road School History Presentations
Military Road School alumni Barbara Johnson and Theresa Saxton were invited to share their experiences as Military Road School students with guests at the Annual Eighty and Over Luncheon celebrating the octogenarians of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in northwest Washington, D.C.
Historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Jane Shoenfeld of Prologue DC unveiled Mapping Segregation’s new website at the George Washington University Museum on Wednesday, October 24th. The event included a panel discussion moderated by WAMU’s Sasha-Ann Simons on how Mapping Segregation helps define the intersection of race and real estate in DC’s past and present. This digital public history project, for which MRSPT serves as the non-profit sponsoring organization, is being made possible through a grant offered by the DC Preservation League. The website, www.mappingsegregationdc.org, will feature new and updated exhibits on legal challenges to covenants and on the role of real estate development, blockbusting and racial steering in shaping 20th century D.C.
Nannie Helen Burroughs Wreath-Laying Ceremony - May 10, 2018
A group of MRSPT supporters gathered at the site of the Nannie Helen Burroughs School in northeast Washington for a brief wreath-laying ceremony to honor the legacy of this well-known local educator and activist. They were joined by people from all walks of life who shared ways in which their lives had been impacted by Miss Burroughs’ extensive involvement with the Washington D.C. community as well as her dedication to improve the lives of other citizens throughout the country.
2018 Military Road School History Presentations
Community Allicance for Upper Fourteenth Street (CAUFS)
October 9 2018
The Andromeda Transcultural Health facility hosted several special Chowan Discovery Group Presentations in October. Among them was Chowan producer Marvin T. Jones' film of oral history testimonies by former Military Road School teacher Mrs. Doris Taylor and several former students, which media project was funded by a DC humanities grant. Following its showing, former Military Road School Students Theresa Saxton and Ann Smitherman shared additional historical information and their personal recollections as elementary school students.
Lincoln-Thomas Day - October 6, 2018
Ms. Carolyn Coleman Mr. Matthew Frumin
The Lincoln-Thomas Day commemorative program, which is observed annually at Fort Stevens on the third Saturday in September, was rescheduled to October 6th, due to the uncertainty of inclement weather conditions. A simple wreath-laying ceremony marked this year’s observance, with special remarks from Ms. Carolyn Coleman of the National Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs of America and Mr. Matthew Frumin of Temple Sinai, who used as examples the two figures being honored to emphasize the importance of interaction between our communities. The NFCWCA initiated this national day of remembrance on September 22, 1924, to honor the Great Emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln and Brightwood citizen Elizabeth Thomas, who was known as the owner of Fort Stevens.
45th Annual D.C. History Conference - November 2, 2018
National Wreaths Across America Day – December 15, 2018
As in the past several years, MRSPT again participated in this annual event through Board Members Barbara Johnson, Peter Kissel and Pat Tyson who shared the history and legacy of the Military Road School. They displayed a photo and literature exhibit on Friday, November 2nd, at the 45th Annual D.C. History Conference: “Mobility, Migration, and Movement,” held at the Van Ness campus of the University of the District of Columbia November 1-4.
In keeping with this year’s central theme “Be their witness,” Troop #224 of the Boy Scouts of America partnered with the National Park Service to place wreaths on the 43 tombstones of Civil War Confederate and Union soldiers buried at the Battleground National Cemetery, which is located near Fort Stevens in northwest Washington D.C. The event, presided over by Ms. Kym Elder, the Program Manager for the Civil War Defenses of Washington, included music rendered by the Montgomery Blair High School Chamber Choir. Ms. Loretta Neumann of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington, who was introduced by our own Pat Tyson, offered remarks; and, joining military and other civilians,
Ms. Tyson demonstrated MRSPT’s support for this event by placing two of the wreaths.