31
May

VISITING DC PERMANENT NEIGHBORHOOD SIGNS

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The DC Government has established an organization that has erected many  beautiful permanent street signs that contain historical photos and written  articles in different neighborhoods of  the nation’s capital.

The above organization called Cultural Tourism has erected four historical signs with which I am personally  connected.

Three of these signs display a tragic historical event that occurred in Washington, DC during the evening of April 4, 1968. On this mentioned date, the unexpected assassination of the great leader of the civil rights movement Doctor Martin Luther King,occurred,that triggered the DC 68 riot. Unfortunately, during this riot, my DC drug store, Smith Pharmacy,located at 2518 14th Street,NW, and my brother Phil’s building,at 7th and S Street,NW leased to a liquor store operator, were  burned down.

My brother Sam’s neighborhood 5 and 10 located at Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street,NW. was completed looted,with his

entire store merchandise, stolen. All the above mentioned signs are displayed near the former businesses mentioned.

Another sign on display near 4th and G Street SW,displays the work place of my Dad,who was in the business of slaughtering

chickens,ducks, and turkeys,in a specific method, that prepared kosher poultry for his customers.My Dad worked in a SW DC

market store. Fortunately, none of the businesses were harmed during the DC 68 riot.

All the DC neighborhoods where my family members operated businesses have been redeveloped where new residential buildings,

and modern large retailers have established new retail operations.

The SW neighborhood has a water front that is presently being developed into a new beautiful location featuring new buildings

and restaurants, and is certain to attract many visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

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