Wormley's Hotel

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Wormley's Hotel was a five-story hotel at 1500 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. It was opened in 1871. The hotel was owned by James Wormley, a free-born black man who had spent time in Europe learning fine culinary skills. The hotel became a hub for both local and foreign government officials. The hotel was the site of the Wormley Agreement, which led to the Compromise of 1877 and the election of President Rutherford B. Hayes. James Wormley died in 1884 and his son took over the business until he sold it in 1893. The hotel was later demolished and the Union Trust Company built on its site in 1906.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Wormley's Hotel Site, African American Heritage Trail - www.culturaltourism.org". www.culturaltourismdc.org. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  2. ^ A, Ayah (15 February 2021). "Inside The Wormley Hotel: America's First Known Upscale Black-Owned Hotel". Travel Noire.

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Sandra Fitzpatrick and Maria R. Goodwin, The Guide to Black Washington, rev. ed. (New York: Hippocrene Books, 1999), 193-194.

Coordinates: 38°54′00″N 77°02′02″W / 38.900°N 77.034°W / 38.900; -77.034