Thursday, April 16, 2009

In Dedication to DeAnthony Henson, SWNA Unveils Historic Fire & Police Call Box Art During SWDC's Cherry Blossom Fireworks Prelude

Long before I began documenting the Historic Fire and Police Call Boxes in the SWDC Neighborhood I had already recorded call boxes in the Downtown Circle, Penn Quarter and Adams Morgan areas of NW WDC.

Police and fire call boxes were installed throughout the capital starting in the 1860s. Although they became obsolete with the introduction of the 911 emergency call system in the 1970s, they remained on the streets until the mid-80s.

Art on Call is a city-wide effort led by Cultural Tourism DC to restore Washington DC's abandoned police and fire call boxes as neighborhood artistic icons.

Armed with information provided to me by the SW Call Box Committee, in October 2007 I embarked on an historiographic project that would attempt to photograph all boxes listed on the SWDC Call Box Inventory.

When I heard news last week that the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) would launch its 11 April 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Prelude activities with an Unveiling Ceremony of Historic Call Box Art at the Disabled American Building ... in dedication to DeAnthony Maurice Henson who was shot and killed three weeks after my 18 October 2007 documentation ... I made sure to document the Unveiling Ceremony.

Click the above image to view the 11 April 2009 SWNA Historic Call Box Art Unveiling video. Which may also be found in the Unveiling of SWDC Historic Call Box Art - DAV - Maine Avenue & 6th Street, SW, WDC - 11 April 2009 album.

And here are the photos of the Unveiling Ceremony which preceeded the Unveiling.

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