About the Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project

The Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project (GAAHLP) is a collective of concerned Georgetown community advocates and historians undertaking the task of honoring the free and enslaved residents who lived in and worked to build the community by placing markers on approximately 80 historic African American landmarks in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. This project will include the consolidation of several comprehensive Georgetown African American Historic walking tours and will offer a repository of information garnered from the authoritative book Black Georgetown Remembered.

The Markers, Explained


“Knot of pacification/reconciliation”

Symbol of reconciliation, peacemaking and pacification. Mpatapo represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife.



“Return and get it”

Symbol of importance of learning from the past.



“He who does not know can know from learning”

Symbol of knowledge, life-long education, and continued quest for knowledge.



“Precious Treasure Icon”

Symbol of a diamond.


Marker Interpretation

He who does not know can know from learning. Return to the past and get it (learning) while understanding what precious treasures are present before you. Use the bonds of peace and reconciliation that bind parties in disputes to peaceful harmonious resolutions.

Project Acknowledgements

Andrena Crockett

Project Manager


Carroll Gibbs

 Kathleen Lesko

Valerie Babbs

Andrena Crockett



Jonathan Mellon



Carroll Gibbs

James Johnston

Andrena Crockett

Renee Mauer



Ernest Rosemond


Bob Rives


Michael Grillo

Web Design


David Powell

Oral History



Humanities Council of Washington, DC

Greater Washington Urban League


Special Thanks

National Park Service

George Lambert

Ross and Getty House

Raleigh Marshall

Jerusalem Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

Adriana Ocampo

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

Tudor Place

Domnica E. Bottea

Dumbarton House

Crishanne Fellowes

Yvonne Labadi

Javed Hamid

The Smackum Family

JC Development

Nicola Wharton

Georgetown University Press

Anita Sweeney

Ann Chinn

Brooke Morgan

Joy Ford

Library of Congress

Ross and Getty House Alexander McSwain

Duke Ellington School of the Art

The Middle Passage Project

Patsy Fletcher

Kimberly Corbin

Georgetown BID

Georgetown Heritage

Citizen Association of Georgetown

Louis Hicks

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E

Georgetown Neighborhood Library Peabody Room

District of Columbia Office of Portfolio Management

Historical Society of Washington, DC

Georgetown University  Lauinger Library Booth Special Collection