Facts About Shaw
Shaw is a central neighbourhood in the Northwest part of Washington, D.C. Shaw and its accompanying U Street Corridor have been historically the black cultural, social and economic hub, witnessing the rise of Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and multiple marches and protests for racial equality. The District of Columbia has designated a large part of Shaw as the Shaw Historic District.
Here are some more interesting facts about Shaw:
- Shaw comprises of the smaller Blagden Alley-Naylor Court Historic District which has earned a listing on the National Register.
- The area was earlier named Midcity till the 1960s and planners used the enrollment boundary of the Shaw Junior High School in the year 1966 for creating the erstwhile Shaw School Urban Renewal Area. This encompasses the U Street Corridor, Logan Circle and Shaw neighbourhoods.
- The school is named after Robert Gould Shaw who was the leader of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment at the time of the American Civil War.
- The neighbourhoods started evolving around the 1990s and assumed specific names like Randolph Square, Truxton Circle and Logan Circle.
- Howard Theater was owned by Abe Lichtman, a white theater owner, which majorly catered to African American citizens. It was once called the biggest colour theater in the 1970s, throughout the whole world. It still hosts performers today post-restoration.
Weather in Shaw
Shaw has warm and humid summers with cold winters. Temperatures usually vary between 29 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit. The best time to visit is the month of June and between mid-August and early October for enjoying the warm weather and outdoor activities.