She Bought Freedom for Herself and Other Slaves


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Alethia Browning Tanner Today a Park is Named in Her Honor By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMedia       In her early years, Alethia Browning Tanner sold vegetables in a produce stall near President’s Square – now known as Lafayette Square – in what is now Northwest Washington, D.C. According to the D.C. Genealogy Research, Resources, and Records, Tanner bought her freedom in 1810 and later purchased several relatives’ release. She was the first woman on the Roll of Members of the Union Bethel AME Church (now Metropolitan AME Church on M Street), and Turner owned land and a store at 14th and H Streets, which she left to her nephews – one of whom later sold the property for $100,000. Named in her honor, the Alethia Tanner Park is located at 227 Harry Thomas Way in Northeast DC. The park sits near the corner of Harry Thomas Way and Q Street and is accessible by foot or bike via the Metropolitan Branch Trail, just north of the Florida Ave entrances. “The first Council legislative meeting of Black History Month, the Council took a second and final vote on naming the new park for Alethia Tanner, an amazing woman...