Brief notes on the old Van Buren School [Evening Star, 1949 & 1950]

Anacostia Citizen’s Unit Votes Against Home Rule

The Anacostia Citizens’ Association last night went on record as opposed to home rule.

W. F. Yearwood, second vice president, who introduced the motion said he was against any form of home rule and “wants to see the District remain as it is.”

Dr. Samuel O. Burdette, speaking in favor of self-government, said he is against taxation with representation.

The association also directed a letter to be sent to the District Recreation Board asking that the Van Buren School and the Van Buren annex be torn down and the grounds be used to build a playground for children of the area.

Evening Star, June 22, 1949, p. 28

School Site in Anacostia Proposed for Playground

The Anacostia Citizens’ Association last night voted to ask the Board of Education to turn over the site of the recently razed Van Buren School for use as a playground.

It was pointed out that, despite its small area, the location would be ideal for the construction of a smaller children’s play area.

The group also changed its constitution and by-laws to set up a special membership for businessmen. Businessmen would be permitted to display an association label for a slightly higher dues payment.

Evening Star, June 21, 1950, p. 17

The Van Buren School opened in 1891 on Jefferson Street, today W Street, in old Anacostia.


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