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Day: July 10, 2013

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Butler Heights advertisement 1916

Butler Heights: The Best Buy in Washington

Do you know where Butler Heights is (was)? There’s a tiny Butler St. SE today, very close to Frederick Douglass’ old home. This is an advertisement that we found in the Washington Herald from May 13th, 1916.

Capt. B.S. Brown (left); Lt. John P. Shaw, Co. F 2nd Regt. Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry (center); and Lt. Fry (right) with African American men and boy.

Men at Camp Brightwood During the Civil War

This is a terrific old photo from the Library of Congress. It shows camp Brightwood during Civil War. If you’re into the Cultural Tourism D.C. Heritage Trail, you can read a little more about it on their sign at 5704

a proposed map of the federal district in Washington (1970)

1970 Plan to Cede D.C. Land to Maryland

Now this is interesting. It’s part of the ongoing debate about home rule here, as well as D.C. statehood. How can we really be autonomous if Congress controls our budget and we aren’t even represented in Congress? In 1970, Representative

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