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Stevens Elementary School, 1050 21st Street, NW

 

One of the oldest surviving African-American public schools in D.C., the Stevens School was built in 1868, and the first to be considered the architectural equal of a white school.  Later additions have changed the appearance of the exterior, but the original school building remains.  It was named for Congressman Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania (1792-1868), who advocated for desegregation in public schooling in the 1860s.

By the time the school closed in 2008, it was D.C.'s oldest school in continuous operation.  The school building is currently embroiled in a contentious debate over its future development as a commercial property.