This is a composite of several photos. One from the late 1990’s (maybe the year 2000?) from the Library of Congress Archive, combined with two other photographs from present day (2016).
They show a concrete and less-filled-with-hope Vermont, Avenue, with one that’s more green, and not yet grown into its sustainable self.
Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the areas around Vermont Avenue show a city that was losing hope as it experienced a significant population decline.
54 years after African Americans fought to end police brutality on this street, the LGBTQ community did the same against their public protectors, and ignited a revolution of their own.
Grimke School, 1923 Vermont Avenue, now sits abandoned, in the shadow of the African American Civil War Memorial, and next to the African American Civil War Museum. It’s about to get redeveloped, so won’t look like this for much longer.
This very complete historical account of the fight against police brutality from 1936-1941 in Washington, DC Shootings by DC Police Spark Fight Against Brutality 1936-41 | Washington Area Spark tells the story of Vermont Avenue’s presence in the earliest marches for personal freedom, 80 years after Abraham Lincoln traversed this road to reach his refuge in Northwest Washington, DC.
They happened during a time when African American people felt powerless at the hands of the Washington, DC police force.
Vermont is one of Washington, DC’s state-named avenues, one of six state named avenues that emanates from the White House. The State of Vermont joined the union in 1791, while Washington, DC was being laid out, so it received a place in the earliest maps of the city.
Note: Taking a little diversion into Washington, DC (one of the three foci of this blog) and specifically Vermont Avenue over the next week Continue reading→
Nice treatment of the original image (see post).
And this recurring theme caught my eye:
Although these new laws are disturbing to those of us who support equal rights for all Americans, these laws seem to be the last gasp of a failed mission.
Because I have heard it once before.
“Never read the comments” is what people say about articles online that cover LGBTQ and specifically transgender issues.
What they mean, often correctly, is that the biased and unloving statements they may see will trigger negative feelings and reminders that we live in a world that is still learning to love better.
We shouldn’t have to see those comments, though, because they shouldn’t be allowed in the first place.