Nannie Helen Burroughs School

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Trades Hall of National Training School for Women and Girls
Nannie Helen Burroughs School is located in Washington, D.C.
Nannie Helen Burroughs School
Location in eastern District of Columbia
Location 601 50th St., NE., Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′50″N 76°55′44″W / 38.8972°N 76.9290°W / 38.8972; -76.9290Coordinates: 38°53′50″N 76°55′44″W / 38.8972°N 76.9290°W / 38.8972; -76.9290
Area 6 acres (24,000 m2)[1]
Architect Thomas M. Medford
Architectural style Renaissance
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 91002049
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 17, 1991[2]
Designated NHL July 17, 1991[3]

Nannie Helen Burroughs School, formerly known as National Training School for Women and Girls, is a private coeducational elementary school located in the District of Columbia. The school was originally founded in 1909 by Nannie Helen Burroughs as The National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls, Inc. to provide vocational training for African-American females, who did not have many educational opportunities available to them.

Adam Clayton Powell, Sr., pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York, was among the trustees of the school in its early decades.[4] The Trades Hall building of the school was built during 1927-1928. Mary McLeod Bethune was the featured speaker at its dedication.[1]

The Trades Hall building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Page Putnam Miller (February 9, 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Trades Hall of National Training School for Women and Girls / Nannie Helen Burroughs School PDF (32 KB)". National Park Service.  and Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1989 PDF (32 KB)
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b "National Training School for Women and Girls". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  4. ^ Mather, Frank Lincoln. Who's Who of the Colored Race: A General Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women of African Descent, Vol. 1, Chicago: Memento Edition, 1915, p. 222

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