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African Americans and Washington DC

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Mary Church Terrell home.

Home of Mary Church Terrell, 326 T Street, N.W. in LeDroit Park. Deborah Willis/AASC

The home of Mary Church Terrell is located 326 T Street NW in the LeDroit Park neighborhood. Terrell was the first African American woman to be named to the Washington, D.C. Board of Education. She was married to Judge Robert Terrell and was a feminist, educator, and civil rights activist. Terrell was part of Washington’s Black Elite. Her home was noted for entertaining and holding reception for writers, race leaders, historians, activists and socialites. She (1863–1954) held lectures and meetings for clubwomen in her home. She was a president of the National Association of Colored Women (1896–1901), held a position on the school board, and was an active member of the NAACP.

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