Day 111

Howard University / LeDroit Park (November 9, 2020)

On another beautiful day we once again walked around the campus of Howard University and neighboring LeDroit Park.

William H. Greene Stadium is the 7000 seat home of the Howard Bison football and soccer teams. It is named in honor of a Washington DC physician.

We also passed the Ira Aldridge Theater. The theater serves as the home and main performance space for the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard. It is named for Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807-1867) an African American actor who specialized in Shakespearean roles. Aldridge was born in New York City, but facing the persistent discrimination that black actors had to endure at the time, emigrated to England in 1824. He had a very successful career in Europe and is the only actor of African-American descent to be honored with a bronze plaque at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.

We liked this wall sculpture called “Students Aspire” by the artist Elizabeth Catlett. Catlett, who died in 2012, was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor whose works often focus on the African-American experience in the 20th century. The grandchild of slaves, she was born and raised in Washington D.C. and is a graduate of Howard.

We have noticed many corner stores during our walks. This in one of the prettiest.

Sitting across the McMillan reservoir from Howard is the Children’s National Hospital. It is ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country with over 300 beds.

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