Grand-children & grand-nephews of the late Honorable Master American Moor Historian William Alston-El remain vigil on Old Jefferson Street at this exact moment.
Over the years at all hours of the day I have brought friends, family, tourists, historians and neighbors to the horse tie.
Until the end of time my friend’s name is included among the active community members who participated in the planning process for the Anacostia Heritage Trail signs.
As a teenage activist and leader of young men, William was recruited out of the streets of Southeast Washington in the 1960s by the late Honorable Master Community Historian Dr. John Kinard, founder of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.
While incarcerated in Lorton Reformatory in the 1970s Dr. Kinard offered William a position with the museum upon his return to the community. In the late 1970s and early 1980s William worked as an exhibit technician for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum alongside the immortals Dr. Kinard and Honorable Louise Daniel Hutchinson.
This is part of the history I share, with approval and blessings of William’s family, while narrating the street history of Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass as an everyday Old Anacostia denizen and local citizen-activist on Old Jefferson Street.