Congressional Cemetery News

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Royall-y Ever After

  If there is one word that can be used to describe Anne Royall (Range 26, Site 194), it would likely be “eccentric.” As Senate Doorkeeper Isaac Basett put it, Royall was “homely in person, poor in purse, and vulgar in manners.” Royall did not care much about her physical appearance, she was said to [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:55:49-05:00March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Marion Barry

  Marion Barry after his 2004 victory in the Democratic primary race for a seat in the D.C. Council. Photo Credit: Carol T. Powers from the New York Times Civil Rights pioneer. “Mayor for life.” These are just two of Marion Barry’s notable achievements. On March 6, 1936, Marion Barry, Jr. (Range 20, [...]

By |2019-07-26T15:01:39-05:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Pearl

Introduction Our blog posts over the last several weeks have focused on African-Americans interred at Congressional Cemetery. As promised, this week’s blog entry focuses on The Pearl. While relatives of Ann and Lucy Bell are directly involved in the events pertaining to the Pearl, those relatives are not actually buried at Congressional Cemetery. There are, however, [...]

By |2019-07-26T15:09:05-05:00February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Howard Family

Several members of the Howard family are buried at Congressional Cemetery, in the area near the small pond known as the “doggy day spa.” All of these graves remain unmarked, but by sharing the information we have about the family, we are hoping to carry on the legacy of this family. The Howard family [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:46:34-05:00January 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

African American Women at Congressional Cemetery

Exploring African American history is challenging for historians. This is, in part, because African American history contains many instances of difficult history including slavery, discrimination, prejudice, and segregation. Additionally, there is little surviving written documentation about African Americans, especially in early American history. Most of the written documents that do exist were not written by [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:41:19-05:00January 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alain Leroy Locke (1885-1954)

  Photo taken by Gordon Parks/The Gordon Parks Foundation Alain Locke was born September 13, 1885 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Pliny Ismael Locke and Mary Hawkins Locke. Pliny Locke obtained a law degree from Howard University and worked as a mail clerk in Philadelphia, while Mary Hawkins Locke worked as a teacher. The [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:36:32-05:00January 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

“It was a scene I can never forget”: The Greely Expedition

As I write this, Washington, D.C. is officially entrenched in winter. Temperatures have plummeted and winds are gusting. It’s unpleasant, to say the least. However, in researching this article, I’m immensely grateful for my warm winter coat, my mostly-desk job, and the space heater I employ if I’m a tad uncomfortable. Any mild discomforts are [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:29:26-05:00November 29th, 2018|History|2 Comments

Veterans at Congressional Cemetery

On November 11, 1919 “Armistice Day” was first observed to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of the first World War. In 1926, the United States Congress called for annual observance of the end of World War I and by 1938, November 11 became a national holiday. In 1954, “Armistice Day” officially evolved into [...]

By |2019-07-26T14:26:03-05:00November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments