The Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc. 

The Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage is an innovative community project located at 1816 12th Street, NW, in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC which involves restoring a large vacant historic building back to a community services center:

The project brings together at one welcoming location the supportive programs, services, and guidance that will help families and youth build better lives and a brighter future . . . overcoming poverty and neglect.

The project preserves this National Historic Landmark building for the benefit of neighborhoods, families, children, and youth -- a building selected for the White House Millennium Council's Save America's Treasures listing of 101 historic treasures.

A picture of the building as a YMCA
for the Shaw community in 1960's
YMCA circa 1960

The project hs renovated and restored this once-vacant but grand five-story (35,000 square foot) building and gymnasium as the Thurgood Marshall Center by January 2000 and to have it again become a focal point of the dynamic Shaw community in the center of Washington, D.C.

pre-construction, Nov 1998
A picture of the building just prior to
construction in November 1998

The project captures and portrays, through an interactive Thurgood Marshall Center heritage, program the living stories of African American leaders and communities struggling in the face of discrimination, building lives not only of hope and survival, but also of achievement and success.

Gymnasium gathering


2008, The Thurgood Marshall Center

Thurgood Marshall Center Trust Inc. | 1816 12th St., N.W., Washington, DC, 20009
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