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Want to Know More About Who Built Our Capital? Check Out Sankofa For Additional Reading

August 9, 2016

During the Democratic National Convention, there was a lot of commentary on Michele Obama’s speech in which she said ““I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn…”

Sankofa, located at 2714 Georgia Avenue, carries many books about African American history in D.C., such at the title above.

Sankofa, located at 2714 Georgia Avenue, carries many books about African American history in D.C., such at the title above.

It’s a history that was largely unknown to many in the country, and one in which I’m sure people would like to know more. If you are one of those people, I noticed that Sankofa has among the many books it carries on African American history here in D.C. the book Slave Labor in the Capital by Bob Arnebeck. The book describes the use of slave labor to build the Capitol and White House during the most difficult phase of construction from 1792 to 1800.

The book is an easy read, about 150 pages, and priced at $20. I’m about a third the way through it already and don’t regret picking it up in the least.

Walls of Books Opens Today

January 13, 2016

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Walls of Books, a new bookstore in Park View, opens its doors today. It is located at 3325 Georgia Avenue next to the Post Office. They will be open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 8 pm. You can learn more about them by going to their Web site (here). In the mean time, you can check out the following photos to get a sense of what you can expect. This is a great new business for the neighborhood.

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New Book on Meridian Hill History Worth Checking Out

August 27, 2014

Meridian Hill bookI’ve recently learned that there is a new book out this year on the history of Meridian Hill by Ward 1 resident Stephen R. McKevitt … titled appropriately: Meridian Hill: A History.

Unlike the Arcadia books that are primarily image based, this one, by the History Press, is text based (while it has some good images) which means it has a lot more detail. I’ve recently begun to read it and already appreciate how its organized and the historical overview of this part of Washington.

I decided to mention it here because it also has some interesting historical information for those who want to learn more about Columbia Heights. While that isn’t the focus of the book, it contains a historical sketch of James Holmead and a good history of Rock Creek Church Road (including the various names its had over the years).

Below is the publishers description to help you decide if this is something you’d like reading as well.

In the nineteenth century, Commodore David Porter built his mansion on a prominent hill sitting directly north of the White House, and the rest of Meridian Hill’s history is indelibly tied to the fabric of Washington. John Quincy Adams once resided in Porter’s mansion. Union troops used the estate and its lands during the Civil War. Later, part of the old estate was famously developed by Mary Henderson into a noted group of embassy mansions, and the extraordinary Meridian Hill Park was created. The rest of the land became a diverse, thriving residential neighborhood. Join local author Stephen McKevitt as he chronicles the fascinating story of this interesting urban locale in the nation’s capital.

Here’s a Good Read About Rats You May Want to Check Out

January 3, 2014

Rats_largeWhile this probably won’t be much of a surprise to anyone, I’ve been somewhat focused on rats this year (and am sure that I will be on and off for as long as I live in Washington). As a follow-up to the Ward 1 Rat Summit held in November, I’ve been reading up on rats, what makes them thrive, and what residents can do to reduce their numbers in our communities.

As part of this adventure, I’ve come across a book titled Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants written by Robert Sullivan and published in 2004. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m finding it to be a great read. Not only is it very informative about rats and rat behavior, it’s also a very readable work that’s as much a history about New York City as it is about rats.

If you haven’t checked out this book before and you enjoy both reading and learning about urban environments, this could be a good winter read for you.

Park View Book Out — Celebratory Happy Hour Scheduled for Friday at Blue Banana

March 15, 2011

The Park View book is available at some area Barnes & Noble stores

After a long wait, the Park View book is now available. It was released on Monday 3/14/11 and is available at the Downtown, Georgetown, and Union Station Barnes & Noble locations. It is also available online at I’m sure you can also order it from other area book sellers.

It was suggested to me that there should be a book release happy hour to help celebrate … and thinking that that was a great idea I’m going to do just that.

Anyone interested in joining me to lift a glass/bottle and toast the release of the book is welcome to join me on Friday, March 18, at the Blue Banana (located at 3632 Georgia Ave., NW). I’ll be there between 6 and 8 p.m.

This is not intended to be a book signing, but those interested in having a copy of the book signed won’t have to wait long. We’re currently working on a couple of locations to host book signings in the area.


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