Archive for April, 2014
Taken near the corner of 14th & Good Hope Road SE. Photo by John Muller.
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ppmsca-22799
Waterfront fire, probably burning of the Washington Navy Yard, 1814, Anacostia River, Washington, D.C. by WIlliam Thornton
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-5761
“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.”
Evening Star, “Death By Lightning,” 13 July, 1863, p.3
“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 .
“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.”
Report of the Secretary of the Navy, With an Appendix Containing Bureau Reports, Etc. December 1867. Washington, Government Printing Office., p. 92
2nd Annual Historic Anacostia Earth Day Cleanup — Saturday, April 26th from 10 am – 12 pm at Old Market Square
Police look for shell casings on the estate of Frederick Douglass; 3 shot in Historic Anacostia on Easter Sunday
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.”
NBC Washington, 4.21.2014, “Police Investigate Triple Shooting in SE DC”
Washington Post, 4.20.2014, “3 men shot in Southeast”
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,