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Museums, Monuments, and Parks Devoted to Poets and Authors
in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Aleksandr Pushkin Monument
22nd and H Streets NW, George Washington University, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC.

Alley of Russian Poets in Washington, DC
Located outside the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW, Glover Park neighborhood, DC. A line of trees (columnar European hornbeams) planted in memory of Russian poets Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Nikolai Gumilyov, Aleksandr Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Fyodor Tyutchev, Afanasy Fet, and Aleksandr Blok. Each tree is marked by a marble plate.

American Poetry Museum
Dedicated to collecting, interpreting, and presenting American poetry. Located in DC.

American Women Writers National Museum
Now in a start-up space in DC, the museum hosts events to and plans exhibits. Celebrates American authors, playwrights, poets, screenwriters and journalists.

Anne Spencer Museum and Memorial Foundation
The home, garden, and studio of a Harlem Renaissance-era poet in Lynchburg, VA. Nationally known for her poems in the 1920s, she also hosted prominent African-Americans travelling south at a time when few public accomodations existed. Notable guests included George Washington Carver, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Benjamin Franklin Statue
Pennsylvania Ave. NW at 12th St., in front of the Old Post Office, Federal Triangle neighborhood, DC. See also: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000620.htm

City of Words DC
This web site documents quotations posted throughout Washington, DC. Edited by Jonathan Marino and James Anderson.

Dante Alighieri Statue
Malcolm X Park, southwest corner. 15th and W Streets NW. Columbia Heights neighborhood, DC.

Dante Alighieri Statue
Casa Italiana, 595 1/2 Third St. NW, Judiciary Square neighborhood, DC.

Dorothy Parker Memorial Garden
Parker's ashes are interred in the yard of the headquarters of the NAACP in Baltimore, in a stand of pines under a circular brick memorial and plaque, to celebrate "the bonds of everlasting friendship between black and Jewish people."

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Former home of the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Gold Bug." Administered by the National Park Service in Philadelphia.

Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
Information on The Baltimore Poe House and Museum, the Poe Grave in Westminster Burying Ground, and other Baltimore sites of importance to Poe's life and work.

Edmund Burke Statue
Massachusetts Ave. and 11th St. NW, Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood, DC. (As reader Ed Rorie, who suggested this addition to the list, notes: "It looks like a DC lawyer trying to hail a taxi.") See also: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0001710.htm

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E. Capitol St. SE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC (202) 544-7077
Rare book and manuscript collection includes 229 Quarto editions by Shakespeare. Research library, rotating exhibits, teachers and scholars institutes, readings and performances.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Grave
St. Mary's Cemetery, 600 Viers Mill Rd., Rockville, MD.

Francis Scott Key Statue
M Street at 36th St. NW, near the entrance to Key Bridge in Georgetown, DC. See also: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0001450.htm

Frederick Douglass Museum and Hall of Fame for Caring Americans
320 A St. NE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC (202) 544-6130. Douglass memorabilia, and art, photos and stories about role models and humanitarians. Housed in the first Washington DC home of Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W St. SE, Anacostia neighborhood, DC (202) 426-5960
Cedar Hill was home from 1877 to 1895 of the nation's leading 19th c. African American spokesman, and the author of My Bondage and My Freedom and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Administered by the National Park Service.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Statue
M Street and Connecticut Ave. NW, Farragut North neighborhood, DC. See also: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0001650.htm

Joaquin Miller Cabin
Rock Creek Park, Beach Dr. and Military Road, Picnic Grove 6, DC. Miller, the "Poet of the Sierras," built his modest log cabin on Meridian Hill, now the site of Malcolm X Park. The National Park Service later moved it to this location in Rock Creek Park.

Julia Ward Howe Plaque
Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Federal Triangle neighborhood, DC.

Katherine Anne Porter Room
University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, College Park, MD. Part of the special collections of the University's libraries, the Porter Room contains Porter's personal collection of books, plus an oil portrait of the author and select personal belongings. The University also hosts the Katherine Anne Porter Society.

Khalil Gibran Memorial Garden
3100 block of Massachusetts Ave. NW, Observatory neighborhood, DC. See also: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv.0001473.htm

Kunte Kinte - Alex Haley Foundation
Memorial at city harbor in Annapolis, MD (across from the Market House) marks where Gambian Africans landed in the US and were sold into slavery. The bronze memorial statue group shows author Alex Haley reading to a group of children. See also: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0003426.htm

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE, Capitol Hill neigborhood, DC (202) 707-8000
Rotating exhibits of books, manuscripts, maps, drawings, photos, and objects from the extensive collections.

Library of Congress Busts of Eminent Men of Letters
Jefferson Building exterior, 101 Independence Ave. SE, entrance on First Street, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC. Busts of Demosthenes, Emerson, Goethe, Irving, Franklin, Macauley, Hawthorne, Scott, and Dante. See also: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0000196.htm

Literary Museum of the Five Russian Poets of the Silver Age
Rockville, MD. Visitors welcome by appointment. (301) 942-2728 Exhibits on Marina Tsvataeva, Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, and Nicolai Gumilev. Collection includes books, photos, autographs, videos, audio recordings. Sponsors seminars, concerts, and an annual commemoration with bonfire.

Marianne Moore's Living Room, The Rosenbach Museum and Library
2010 DeLancey Place, Philadelphia, PA (215) 732-1600. The entire contents of Moore's Brooklyn living room have been transferred to the Museum, including her typewriter, books, stuffed armchairs, and extensive collection of decorative objects.

Pablo Neruda Bust
Organization of American States, Constitution Ave. & 18th St. NW, Constitution Hall neighborhood, DC.

Pearl S. Buck House and Historic Site
520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie, PA (215) 249-0100 . Museum in the former home of the author of The Good Earth. Buck was the first American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1934, and won the Nobel Prize in 1938. The house preserves Buck's furnishings, books, and Asian art.

The Poe Museum
The home of Edgar Allan Poe in Richmond, VA. Also sponsors a Young Writers' Conference.

Rachel Carson Council
11701 Berwick Rd., Silver Spring, MD. A National Historic Landmark, not open to the public. Simple, post-WWII ranch house designed by Carson in 1956, where Carson lived and wrote until her death in 1964. The Council works to preserve Carson's legacy through publications, education, and events. See also, for a photo of the house and some background information (scroll to bottom): http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/wom/2001/features.htm

Rubén Darío Statue
Organization of American States, Constitution Avenue & 18th St. NW, Constitution Hall neighborhood, DC.

Saint Jerome Statue
In front of the Croatian Embassy, Mass. Ave and 24th St. NW, Sheridan Circle neighborhood, DC.

Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz Bust
Organization of American States, Constitution Avenue & 18th St. NW, Constitution Hall neighborhood, DC.

Taras Shevchenko Statue
P Street, between 22nd and 23rd Streets NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC.

Teresa de la Parra Bust
Organization of American States, Constitution Avenue & 18th St. NW, Constitution Hall neighborhood, DC.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial
Roosevelt Island, Potomac River, DC. Access from northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA. See also: http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0005040.htm

Thomas Jefferson Memorial
National Mall, DC

Thornton Wilder Society
4855 Reservoir Rd. NW, Palisades neighborhood, DC 20007. Associated with the College of New Jersey, the society is housed in DC. The web site provides a great biography and bibliography of Wilder, plus educational resources, newsletters, and listings of upcoming events.

12th Street Y
Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, 1816 12th St. NW, greater U Street neighborhood, DC. Briefly the home of Langston Hughes. Historic displays on the first and second floors.

Winston Churchill Statue
British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW, DC.

Walt Whitman Way
F Street, between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, DC. Honorary street name, designated by signs placed underneath regular street signs at three intersections.

Walt Whitman House
328 Mickle Blvd., Camden, NJ 08103 (609) 964-5383. The only house Whitman ever owned, this simple two-story row house contains some of Mrs. Mary Davis's furniture and Whitman's personal belongings, intermixed with period pieces. Nearby is the Whitman grave site at Harleigh Cemetery (at Haddon Ave. and Vesper Blvd.).



Other General Museums in the Region can be found HERE.


Last update: 12/28/11