Stevens Statue To Be Erected At Stevens School
In Washington, D.C.In Next Four To Five Years
One of the greatest tributes to Thaddeus Stevens will be erected in the next four or five years
at the historic Stevens school in Washington, D.C. A statue and a story wall about the Great
Commoner are part of the plans to redevelop the closed Stevens school on 21st Street NW in
the nation’s capital. Akridge and Argos Group, two Washington, D.C. development
companies, have been awarded the rights to renovate the building into a school for special
needs students and to build an adjoining 10-story office building with ground level retail.
Under its plans, which still face various regulatory hurdles, the statue of Stevens would be
erected between late 2016 and 2018. It would be only the second statue of Stevens, the first
being unveiled at the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 2008.
To further honor Stevens, Akridge/Argos will offer a $10,000 post secondary school
scholarship for each of the first five years after the school is renovated named after Thaddeus
Stevens. Preference for the scholarship will be given to students from the local neighborhood
with special needs. The developers will also install a story wall the length of the public lobby
of the office building celebrating the legacy of Thaddeus Stevens and the Stevens School.
That part of the project is expected to be completed in 2018.
The Stevens elementary school was one of the first schools built solely with public funds for
the education of black youth in Washington. It was built in 1868, the year of Stevens’s
death. It’s alumni include Roberta Flack, the famous singer and musician; Amy Carter, the
daughter of President Jimmy Carter; Charles Dean, a medical pioneer in the field of blood
transfusions; Ralph “Petey” Green, a radio and television personality; Robert Hook, a stage,
film and television actor; and Rayford Whittingham, a historian and Pan-African activist.
The Thaddeus Stevens Society endorsed the Akridge/Argos plan in 2012 and will be
consulted on the statue and the story wall.
Stevens School on 21st Street, NW in Washington, D.C.
Historic marker on side of Stevens School in Washington, D.C.