Shaw was once D.C.’s “Black Broadway.” Pictured here: newsboys and others in front of the Howard Theater, with Cab Calloway’s name on signs, c. 1936

This is a picture of Shaw near my site back when it was known to be “Black Broadway.” Government sponsored projects have drastically shifted the demographics of the Shaw neighborhood.



This is a mural painted near my site, showing the neighborhoods appreciation for its African American heritage.  Although the government has put funding towards development projects that have been known to displace African Americans in this area, they should also put funding towards projects like this so Shaw’s older residents know it is still their neighborhood.

Old Market

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 31: FILE, The exterior of the O Street Market at the intersection of 7th and O streets, NW in Washington, DC on August 31, 1978.
(Photo by Ken Feil/The Washington Post)

This is a picture taken of my site in 1978 before it’s renovation.  This was a time when my site was located in a center of crime and violence that the government turned a blind eye to.