|Jud and me with Bob and Joanne. And below, Ukrainian best borsch (yahoo photo).|
My friend Jud Dolphin, a RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer) whom I met in
Bob is an assistant pastor at the historic
As a former DC resident and historian I was especially mindful of the 15th Street Presbyterian's illustrious history. The Rev. John Cook was an early freedom fighter who never gave up. His aunt, Althea Browning Turner, purchased his freedom from the proceeds of the sale of her vegetables at Lafayette Square. Imagine! A fascinating story, one of many that define Washington's African-American history. And the 15th Street Presbyterian has witnessed it all, from slavery and the Civil War to the long struggle for freedom and Civil Rights. The church has moved around a bit--it's now on 15th and R, NW--but it's still there, carrying on the legacy of the Cook family, Rev. Henry Garnet, and the renowned Francis Grimke, a Civil Rights pioneer.