Military Road School Preservation Trust
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Kids on Steps

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When the war clouds enveloped Washington and the Emancipation Proclamation freed the bondman, Washington at once became the mecca for the liberated, and in 1864 some thirty thousand ex-slaves were in the District with perhaps only two thousand under educational guidance.

[Excerpt from A Washington Past and Present, "Public Education in the District of Columbia-1805-1928," (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1930) p.49.]

Fort Stevens is perhaps the most important Fort in the Washington Metropolitan area, but probably the least known. The surrounding community, including the Military Road School, was a very important element in the Union victory over Washington. The Military Road School is still an important element in the interpretation of the history of the Fort Stevens Battlefield, the pre-Civil War African-American community established there, and that community's connection with the Civil War.

The community of slaves living in the area of Ft. Stevens before, during, and after the Civil War was a proud people-American citizens who wanted to share in the life of the nation to the fullest. The Military Road School was born out of slavery. The slaves had limited freedom, but their minds were sharp and eager to pursue life's treasures.

Boy and Girl