Mary Church Terrell Historical

Mary Church Terrell Historical (HM1WIZ)

Location: Washington, DC 20004
Country: United States of America

N 38° 53.832', W 77° 1.314'

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Terrell Place is named after
Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954)
Teacher, Writer, Civil Rights Activist

Mary Church Terrell championed equal rights throughout her life — locally, nationally, and internationally.

From 1951 to 1952, at the advanced age of 88, Terrell led a campaign to end segregation at the lunch counter of Hecht's Department Store (Formerly on this site).

This was part of a larger effort by the Coordinating Committee for the Enforcement of the DC Anti-Discrimination Laws to desegregate restaurants throughout Washington. As chair of the Committee. Terrell organized boycotts. picket lines, and sit-ins participating in many herself with a cane in one hand and a protest sign in the other. They convinced over 40 restaurants; including Hecht's lunch counter to stop discriminating. Then on June 8, 1953, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that pre-existing anti-discrimination laws (the "Lost laws" of 1872 and 1873) were still valid, officially ending segregation in restaurants across the city.
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HM NumberHM1WIZ
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Date Added Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324659 N 4307311
Decimal Degrees38.89720000, -77.02190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.832', W 77° 1.314'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 49.92" N, 77° 1' 18.84" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 599 7th St NW, Washington DC 20004, US
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