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Survey of Historic School Buildings in Georgetown: The Wormley School

Survey of Historic School Buildings in Georgetown: The Wormley School

As part of GM’s continuing series on the historic school buildings in Georgetown today he explores the historically significant Wormley School.

The Wormley School

3325 Prospect St.

Built: 1885

Current Owner: Private residences

Brief Story: The Wormley School was built and opened in 1885.

James Wormley - Courtesy of Blackpast.org

James Wormley - Courtesy of Blackpast.org

It was built specifically to educate Black children and was named in honor of James Wormley, a prominent African-American from Washington who lived from 1819 to 1884. Among other ventures, Wormley ran the Wormley Hotel at the corner of 15th and H. Its proximity to the White House made it a perfect location for secret meetings between the Tilden and Hayes factions during the great election controversy of 1876.

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