African Americans and Washington DC
Founders Library at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Deborah Willis/AASC
Howard University’ Founders Library, opened in January 1867, is located at 2400 Sixth Street NW in the LeDroit Park area. The university is named after Civil War General Oliver O. Howard, and was established for black freedmen after the Civil War. The Library opened in 1939 and is named after the seventeen men who founded the university. The library also is the home of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, which holds over a million archival documents, including photographs of African American life and portraits of noted black Americans from writers to activists to educators to politicians. The Center remains a central place for family collections of photography in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as a place to find images of musicians, dancers, and artists.