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Re: Pvt. -Dennis WEAVER and Georgetown, D. C.

Hi Denise: Roosevelt Jackson graduated from the "Old M Street High School" in D.C. and upped his age to join the 10th Cavalry in 1916 or 17. Many did it to escape conditions, get a job, adventure, respect and to escape from slavery, which occurred in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.
By the way, Mason's Island is across the river from Georgetown, D.C. and the scene of the book, "River Cross My Heart" an Oprah Book Club Selection. There were also, long time Jackson residents in Georgetown and the Mt Zion United Methodist Church (in Georgetown) was the first Black Methodist Church built in Washington, D.C. It was founded on October 16,1816, and is a National Historic Landmark. Zion Church was the location of a stop for the Underground Railroad. Georgetown's history has always contained a black community,of freemen and slaves, from the founding of "The Town of George" in 1751, to the present day. By the way, Georgetown is not named for George Washington. If you really concentrate on my Mecklenburg connections, I'll see if I can get you a copy of a wonderful book with great pictures entitled, "Black Georgetown Remembered". Lloyd

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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