Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson

Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson (HMWMK)

Location: Washington, DC 20001
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.895', W 77° 1.608'

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1800 Vermont Avenue, NW

— African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

Frelinghuysen University was founded in 1917 to provide education, religious training, and social services for Black working-class adults. Founders include Jesse Lawson, a Howard University-educated lawyer; his wife Rosetta C. Lawson, an advocate for temperance and low-income housing; and Howard sociologist Kelly Miller. The school's name honored U.S. Senator Frederick T. Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, a civil rights activist during Reconstruction (1865-1877).

After starting out in private homes and businesses, the school bought this house in 1921 and held classes here until 1927. Anna J. Cooper ran its successor, the Frelinghuysen Group of Schools for Colored Working People, from 1940 until it closed in the late 1950s.

Frelinghuysen law graduates, 1917
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Smithsonian Institution
Series This marker is part of the Washington, D.C.: African American Heritage Trail series
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC: Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 2:27am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324278 N 4309287
Decimal Degrees38.91491667, -77.02680000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.895', W 77° 1.608'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 53.70" N, 77° 1' 36.48" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1800 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20001, US
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