2022-02-16 - Belmont

~2.5 mi @ ~13 min/mi

"BELMONT - 1906 - Black businessmen Alexander Satterwhite, Michael Dumas, James Neill, and purchased 31 acres along Wisconsin Avenue to build a 'High-Class' suburb for African Americans in 1906. Despite threats of violence, at least 43 people bought lots. The development collapsed in 1909 when the previous owner, the Chevy Chase Land Company, refused to clear the title. Belmont exemplified the ambition of Washington's early 20th century Black community and foreshadowed a century of housing segregation." So reads a sign seen during a brisk mid-day Wednesday walk-jog. The neighborhood between the Chevy Chase Country Club and the DC line features arty lawn sculptures.

(trackfile) - ^z - 2022-03-24