Shaw \ˈshȯ\ Shaw is bounded by M Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW to the South; New Jersey Avenue NW to the East; Florida Avenue NW to the North; and 11th Street NW to the West.

Shaw emerged from freed slave encampments in the rural outskirts of Washington, D.C. It was originally called “Uptown,” in an era when the city’s boundary ended at “Boundary Street” (now Florida Avenue). In the Urban Renewal Era, the neighborhood became known as Shaw because the neighborhood Junior High School was named after the commander of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw… read more

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