Daily Archives: Jan 8, 2013

Sanborn fire insurance map of Washington Circle in 1888

Below is the Sanborn fire map for Washington Circle in 1888. It's pretty amazing to see how many residential structures there are at the time. Not only that, but quite a few of them were frame structu...

The jury that tried Millie Gaines in 1869 for the murder of a white man, and freed her on an insanity please. It was composed of six colored and six white men. This was the first murder trial in the District in which a mixed jury sat. Reading from left to right seated; 2, David Fisher; 4, the Rev. James D. Reed; 6, Leonard C. Bailey. Standing from left to right; 2, Charles Humphries; 4, John A. Gray; 6, Herbert Harris (The Baltimore Afro-American - May 4th, 1935)

Now this is a truly historic and fascinating story from the annals of untold D.C. history. About a week ago, GoDCer Kicha sent us a great tip on a story from 1869. The story includes an interracial...

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