Category Archives: Brookland

Slowe Elementary School

The Slowe Elementary School, at 1404 Jackson St. NE,  was built in 1948.  It was named for Lucy Diggs Slowe, who died in 1937.  During her lifetime, she had many firsts, including the first Dean of Women at Howard University, and the first African-American woman to win a major sports title (American Tennis Association championship […]

Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, at 400 Michigan Avenue NE, is one of the ten largest churches in the world. Construction began in 1920 and was completed in 1959. The exterior architecture is Romanesque and the interior architecture is Byzantine. The Basilica cites several reasons for the decision to use those […]