Archive for September 9th, 2019
Honorable Master Historian William Alston-El remembered on every historic marker of ANACOSTIA HERITAGE TRAIL (photos)
The late Honorable Master Historian William Alston-El, founder of Old Anacostia Douglassonians, is remembered on every historic / heritage marker throughout the communities of Old Anacostia, Barry Farm and Hillsdale.
Street memorial for Honorable Devin Dwayne Smith / 1900 block 16th Street SE, Old Anacostia [photo by Honorable Lloyd Wolf, Washington’s Other Monuments]
From a DC Police report:
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Monday, August 12, 2019, in the 2400 block of Elvans Road SE, Washington DC.. At approximately 8:25 pm, members of the Seventh District responded to the 2400 block of Elvans Road, Southeast, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has been identified as Devin Dwayne Smith, 20, of Southeast, DC.
Though Mr. Smith lost his life on Elvans Road, his memorial has been erected in a neighborhood he loved and frequented near 16th and U Streets SE, in old Anacostia. I spoke to his older brother at the site, and passed on my wishes for peace and healing to his family.
Thank you to reporter and historian John Muller for alerting me to the site of this memorial.
We thank Honorable Lloyd Wolf and his camera for affirming dignity, respectful memory and healing through the dedicated documentation and chronicling of the self-determinant folk lore of communities within Washington metropolitan areas and corners touched by the sacrifice and loss of life.
Old Anacostia is a community in which Hon. Lloyd Wolf is a known and respected man of healing and respect.
The feeling of loss of Honorable Devin, an Old Anacostia Douglassonian, will remain in the community. We are grateful for the work of Honorable Lloyd Wolf to honor and heal our communities.