Robert Pohl

Robert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia. You can reach Robert at Robert[at]

Robert Pohl
01 Mar 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: 9th Street Christian Church

In my quest to document every church on Capitol Hill, I have now come to the corner of 9th and D Streets NE and the Ninth Street Christian Church there. This quest dovetailed with a request from Austin Graff, whom you may know from his beautiful photographs of all our communities around the DC Metro […]

26 Feb 2021
22 Feb 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: Heckman Street

I ended last week with a – rather unsatisfactory – recounting of the African Americans who lived in Duddington.Today I want to look at what happened to the area. The four sisters who lived in the house in 1880 all died over the next 15 years. The last to die was Jane Carroll. By then, […]

17 Feb 2021
15 Feb 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: The Enslaved of Duddington

Over ten years ago, I wrote a post about Duddington, Daniel Carroll of Duddington’s mansion just southeast of the Capitol. Recently, I was asked by reader Elizabeth-Burton Jones to write about the enslaved people that lived there. Daniel Carroll of Duddington was an enslaver. In the very first United States census, in 1790, he is […]

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