A Look Back at DC’s ‘Black Broadway’

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Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
NMAH Archives CenternScurlock Studio Recordsn0618nSeries 4: Black & White NegativesnFreezer box 8, Envelope 2nAlso shows signs for Lucky Millinder's Stage Revue.nNo ink on negative. Defender Safety Base.
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Dancers at Crystal Caverns on U Street NW in 1932.
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The second annual banquet for the Rajah Club was held at the Whitelaw Hotel on 13th Street NW in 1930. The Whitelaw was one of several hotels that served African Americans during that time.
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Musicians at Crystal Caverns on U Street NW in 1932.
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The Republic Theatre was located in the heart of U Street. It was later demolished to make room for the Metro system.
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The Republic Theatre in 1937.
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A publicity stunt in front of the Republic Theater on U Street in the 1940s.
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The corner of 14th and U in the 1950s.
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The Dunbar Hotel was located on the corner of 15th and U streets NW. The hotel was one of several that served African Americans. Today, it is an apartment complex.
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A group of newsboys and men pose with a sign featuring Cab Calloway's name in front of the Howard Theatre on U Street in 1936.
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