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Cobb Park ~ continued from May 2018 issue pdf page 1

The study is designed to articulate the open space preferences and priorities of Mt. Vernon Triangle’s residents, workers and visitors, key stakeholders, and the broader community, and to offer recommendations that provide a viable strategy for the creation of much-needed parks and open space amenities in Mt. Vernon Triangle. The MVT CID encourages anyone with feedback about the analysis, findings and recommendations in the MVT Open Space Study to share their comments at [email protected]. To follow progress, check in on Twitter @mvtcid and sign up for updates at

The MVT CID organization <> is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for all residents, visitors, retailers and property owners in the Mt. Vernon Triangle in Washington, DC. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the East End of downtown DC, bordered by 7th Street to the west, Massachusetts Avenue to the south, New York Avenue to the north, and New Jersey Avenue to the east, and encompasses a vibrant neighborhood that mirrors the District’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, long-time and new residents, cultural diversity, restaurants, retail stores, and urban experiences.

photo—courtesy Mt. Vernon Triangle CID.

[Editor’s Note: In response to our inquiry, according to MVT CID’s Robinson “the source of a name for Cobb Park (sometimes referred to as ‘Cobb’s Park’) remains unclear. However, various historical figures contemporaneous with the park’s creation may have been associated with its naming:

“■ Gail Cobb. DC police officer shot and killed while on patrol in 1974. Officer Cobb’s death marked the first time a female American police officer had been killed in the line of duty. Her funeral was highly publicized and drew thousands of mourners and police officers from across the country.

“■ Dr. William Montague Cobb. Attended Dunbar High School and in 1932 became the first African-American to earn a PhD in anthropology. During his nearly four decades teaching at Howard University Medical School, Dr. Cobb utilized his professional platform to serve as a civic leader and social and political activist, including serving for seven years as the president of the NAACP.

“■ Judge James A. Cobb. Was Vice Dean of Howard University Law School prior to his appointment as a judge in 1926. Was also a private practice attorney in partnership with George E.C. Hayes, with whom he’s associated with local cases challenging racially restrictive deed covenants.”]

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