20 Apr 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Benjamin Drummond

I had the honor of leading a tour of Capitol Hill yesterday, focusing on the African American experience during the Civil War here. It gave me the opportunity to research a lot of different people and places that I previously had only known a little about. Today, I want to look at the man whose […]

13 Apr 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Charles Mason Ford

Last time, I wrote about Albert King, who was present at Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. This week, we observe the sesquicentennial of that terrible day in American history. King was not the only Capitol Hill doctor who assisted the dying President through his last night. Today, I look at another MD, one who later was involved in […]

23 Mar 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Raising the 1st USCT

I have written before of the church that once stood just south of the Capitol; on its use by the Israel Bethel congregation; and on how it played host to the mustering of the 1st Regiment, United States Colored Troops in 1863. As next month I will be giving a tour of the Hill which […]

23 Feb 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The Capital Conservatory

While I have written numerous times about schools on Capitol Hill, this has usually meant public schools – or private schools offering the usual three Rs. Today, I want to look at a school that flourished (briefly) on the Hill, offering a very different range of subjects to its students. The Capital Conservatory first appears […]

16 Feb 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The Lincoln School

Last week, we looked at the first public school for African Americans, opened in the Little Ebenezer church. Its explosive growth, fueled not only by the D.C. Emancipation Act but also by the law securing schooling for all children, meant that they soon outgrew their modest beginnings. And so, a new school – and this […]