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Celebrating M Street High School’s Legacy

February 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

M Street High School was one of the first high schools for Black students in the nation that was constructed with public funds. M Street produced national leaders and sent an unusually large number of its graduates to the nation’s leading colleges and universities despite the Black population’s restricted access to equal education opportunities.

The school provided a rigorous curriculum and an extraordinary faculty that included Francis L. Cardozo, Sr., Robert H. Terrell, and Anna J. Cooper. Join DCPL for an in-person event highlighting the legacy of the former M Street High School, which continues to serve the community in its current state as the Perry School Community Service Center. This event is in partnership with the African American Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Perry School Community Services Center. Executive Director of the Perry School Community Services Center, Patty Rose, will be the main speaker.

This location is handicap accessible and has parking available. Further information about accessibility, parking, and general event protocol will be emailed to registrants for their convenience.

This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited so sign up today! Register here. 


Patty Rose is a design and systems-thinker, strategist, and producer with a passion for social impact and market transformation. She is committed to breathing new life into the Perry Center’s landmark 130-year-old building, inspiring the community, and activating a revival in the surrounding community. As the Executive Director of the Perry School Community Services Center, Patty Rose is a visionary leader with a proven track record of turning ideas into transformative impact. With a diverse background in sustainability, education, art, design, architecture, transportation, and affordable housing, she is a versatile problem-solver who leverages her expertise to support her mission-driven work. Patty’s passion for collaboration and creativity is driving her to lead the next chapter of the Perry Center’s life as a sustainable, community-driven resource. With her experience leading a coalition of over 50 organizations to support the creation of Washington, DC’s groundbreaking 2006 Green Building legislation, she has demonstrated her ability to drive change and make a meaningful impact.

The African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, that is dedicated to the preservation of African American history and historical sites was established in June 1994 by E. Renée Ingram. The Foundation was created as a result of Ms. Ingram’s efforts to preserve her family’s cemetery, an endangered rural cemetery, which ultimately was placed on the Commonwealth of Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The Stanton Family Cemetery was the first free African American privately held cemetery to be placed on these registers in the country.The African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc. has been engaged in activities that include the preservation, maintenance, and awareness of endangered or little-known African American historical sites primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions.

The African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc. (AAHPF) is developing a new African American Endangered Sites Fund matching grant program for fiscal year 2023 that will support projects that enable the preservation and restoration of endangered African American historic properties and rehabilitate, protect, and foster economic development of these sites within their respective communities.

African American Sites: Free Mobile App on App Store ‎African American Sites on the App Store (apple.com) or African American Sites – Apps on Google Play. Available on the web: African American Heritage Sites (stqry.app)








Questions? Email DCPL’s Programs Manager Shae Corey: shae@dcpreservation.org.


February 25
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Perry School Community Services Center
128 M Street NW #100
Washington, DC 20001
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