Roads That Divide

Roads That Divide (HM25A9)

Location: Washington, DC 20020
Country: United States of America

N 38° 51.597', W 76° 59.678'

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An East-of-the-River View

—Anacostia Heritage Trail —

In the early evening of November 22, 1963, a clutch of people stood forlornly on this bridge spanning Suitland Parkway. They awaited the procession carrying the body of slain President John F. Kennedy from Andrews Air Force Base to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where it would be prepared for burial. Kennedy had been assassinated earlier that day in Dallas, Texas. The vehicles also carried his widow Jacqueline and newly sworn-in President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife Lady Bird.

Suitland Parkway had opened in 1944 to connect the new Camp Springs Army Air Base (later Andrews Air Force Base) and the Anacostia Naval Station and Bolling Field (later Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling). It also connected new federal office buildings in Suitland to downtown DC via the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. To build the parkway, however, the U.S. government razed house and separated communities.

A decade later, when the National Capital Planning Commission considered building I-295 to provide commuters a shortcut through east-of-the-river neighborhoods, Anacostians protested that the project would destroy school recreation areas, reduce property values, and harm businesses. Eventually the commission agreed to place the I-295 freeway in Anacostia Park, and construction started in the late 1950s. While the compromise saved

the neighborhoods, it did not stop the highway from separating them from the riverfront.

The modern Sheridan Station replaced the run-down Sheridan Terrace public housing, built in the later 1950s. Because urban renewal was pushing low-income renters out of neighborhoods across the river, the city rezoned much of Anacostia for affordable apartments to house them. Some of the new units were shoddily built and wore out quickly. By 1975 about 85 percent of Anacostia's housing was rental property. Within a generation this once-rural section had become solidly urban.
HM NumberHM25A9
Year Placed2013
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC
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Date Added Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 326933 N 4303125
Decimal Degrees38.85995000, -76.99463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.597', W 76° 59.678'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 35.82" N, 76° 59' 40.68" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2560 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington DC 20020, US
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