Archive for April, 2014

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William & John _ flyer

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Dwayne Stewart & Ricky McDonald of the Anacostia Business Improvement District’s street team

R-L, Dwayne Stewart, 38, and Ricky McDonald, 21.

R-L, Dwayne Stewart, 38, and Ricky McDonald, 21.

Taken near the corner of 14th & Good Hope Road SE. Photo by John Muller.

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Looking up 16th Street SE towards W Street SE

Looking up 16th Street SE towards W Street SEMPD’s Weed & Seed Van is perpetually parked at this corner.

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East branch of Potomac R. Washington (1839) by Augustus Köllner

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Source:

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ppmsca-22799

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Waterfront fire, probably burning of the Washington Navy Yard, 1814, Anacostia River, Washington, D.C. by WIlliam Thornton

 

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Source:

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-5761

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Evening Star, “Death By Lightning,” 13 July, 1863, p.3

“DEATH BY LIGHTNING.” – During the storm yesterday a little boy named Vermillion, an orphan, about 14 years of age, was killed by lightning at the Good Hope Road Tavern, on the hill east of the Anacostia bridge. The lightning struck the tree in front of the tavern and the little fellow was standing under it for shelter at the time.”

 

SOURCE:

Evening Star, “Death By Lightning,” 13 July, 1863, p.3

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Public art installation rusts at SE corner of MLK & Good Hope Road SE

IMG_3001[1]The chain link fence gone.

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1867 Report of the Secretary of the Navy, excerpt on Washington Navy Yard [p.92]

Washington Navy Yard _ 1800WASHINGTON.

“The improvements which have been completed at this yard during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1867, are: extension of copper rolling-mill, new cradle for marine railway, paint shop, smithery, and extension of iron foundry. The amount expended during the year is: for materials $29,307.32, and for labor $20,746.39, making an aggregate of $50,053.71

The works which have been in progress during the year, but which are not yet completed, are; dredging channels, gas works, machinery and tools, yard rail tracks, depot for coal, and repairs of all kinds .

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“This yard was found to be of immense service during the past six years, and the necessity for its extension became more apparent; there are already a number of extensive shops well supplied with machinery for the manufacture or various important articles for the service, but very limited area for working ground outside the buildings, and for sites for other buildings, is a source of great inconvenience and expense.”

 

SOURCE:
Report of the Secretary of the Navy, With an Appendix Containing Bureau Reports, Etc. December 1867. Washington, Government Printing Office., p. 92

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2nd Annual Historic Anacostia Earth Day Cleanup — Saturday, April 26th from 10 am – 12 pm at Old Market Square

10296406_565116066929413_7159150328724896273_oAnacostia Trash Talk would like to invite you all to the 2nd Annual Historic Anacostia Earth Day Cleanup.
The cleanup will be held Saturday, April 26th from 10 am – 12 pm at Old Market Square (14th & V Street SE). Trash bags and gloves are provided!
If you can’t attend but still want to help out….
1) You can help pass out or print flyers, and invite your neighbors to the event!
2) Report illegal dumping, blocked sewer drains or weed removal to the city. Simply call 3-1-1 from your phone, download the DC 311 app or visit http://311.dc.gov/ .
3) Help pick up trash in and around your property that day!
4) Email me offline about joining the Anacostia Trash Talk Team for our quarterly cleanups!
Thanks,
Alexis Goggans
On Behalf of the Anacostia Trash Talk Community Group
alexisgoggans@gmail.com

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Police look for shell casings on the estate of Frederick Douglass; 3 shot in Historic Anacostia on Easter Sunday

Police look for shell casings on grounds on FDNHSThe Southside is the apocalyptic side of the metropolis.

Around each corner in Anacostia is an unknown glimpse of either a faded and forgotten history or a seemingly random outburst of violence. In recent weeks a half-dozen shootings and homicide within the boundaries of old Anacostia have encircled the home of Frederick Douglass. A daylight running gun battle at the junction of 14th Street, Cedar Street and High Street left three wounded this past Easter Sunday.

 
“The devil doesn’t recognize any holidays; he doesn’t take the day off,” says William Alston-El, a community activist. “I haven’t seen it this bad in years.”

LINKS:

NBC Washington, 4.21.2014, “Police Investigate Triple Shooting in SE DC

Washington Post, 4.20.2014, “3 men shot in Southeast

WJLA, 4.20.2014, “Three shot, 1 seriously wounded near Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Homicide Watch, 4.9.2014, “Tuesday Night Shooting Victim Identified as Virgil Wood

Washington Post, 4.9.2014, “Man fatally shot on street in Anacostia

WUSA, 3.14.2014, “Police hunt for suspect in SE shooting death

Washington Post, 3.14.2014, “Police seek four men in Southeast Washington shooting death

Neighbor testimonials via 7th District listserv

Apr 14, 2014, at 12:36 PM,

Commander Hoey,
I must state that I’m happy to see shooting abatement in some parts of SE. However, that is not so at 16th & V Streets. Since yesterday evening, 4/13/14, yes, Palm Sunday, a female was shot as she stood in that vicinity speaking with other young men. Of course this is the same area where a young man was killed on April 8, 2014.  
There are elderly residents living in single family detached homes between 16th-15th Streets on V (1500) block that are afraid to sit on their porches on beautiful days because of the drive by shootings in area. Anyone can become a victim in such situations. This is a very active crime ridden (shooters’) area & I believe one way some of this can be solved is to implement an enforcement policy – such as in Trinidad – where if you don’t live there, you can’t loiter there; ask for i.D. & send  them away. Constitutional rights are yelled about, but non-criminal have rights also. Extreme times calls for extreme measures & SE residents have to ban & support extreme measures to rid these shootings. Prohibiting guns from non-criminals have not abated the shootings in SE. I’m afraid to walk on Good Hope between 16th -MLK because of the congregants of unsavory characters along those blocks…just hanging out! Some months ago, a bullet landed in my roof.
Commander Hoey, what is the condition of the lady shot? Have you any suspects in custody yet?
Mary Buckley – Ward 8 Good Hope Road

 

 

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