Ledroit Park/Bloomindale

Worthy Ambition

Charming LeDroit Park and stately Bloomingdale both began as exclusively white enclaves. But exclusion could not prevent change, as African American families sought better neighborhoods near Howard University. Explore the blocks where many of the nation’s most esteemed black intellectuals got their start, and learn why “worthy ambition is food for the soul.” 


Each painting below represents one of the stops on the Barracks Row Heritage Trail. Click to see larger versions and full descriptions of what bit of history inspired each painting.

There are 16 stops on the Barracks Row Heritage Trail. Dana Ellyn is working towards creating a painting for every stop. Please check back often to see the newest paintings and learn a new bit of DC history with each visit!

Learn more about the Neighborhood Heritage Trails on the Cultural Tourism DC website.

Click here to return to main page to see paintings from all the Heritage Trail neighborhoods.

To purchase or inquire about a painting, please email: dana@danaellyn.com

© Dana Ellyn 2014