Mayor of Washington Marion Barry recently passed at the age of 78. During a time when Washington had no political representation, Barry moved to Washington in 1965 to open a local chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a civil rights organization that organized protests against racial segregation and discrimination. He soon co-founded Pride, Inc., providing job training to unemployed black men, before becoming president of the D.C. Board of Education and at-large member of the D.C. Council. His first term as mayor of Washington was 1979. Even after going to prison on a cocaine charge, the "Mayor for Life" reclaimed his seat in City Hall for his fourth term in what is described as "one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of American politics." While the public remembers how he lived, we would like to showcase where he lived as well.
For his first three terms as mayor, Barry lived in this Hillcrest home. With 2,040-square-feet, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was sold last year for $450,000. The home also housed one of Barry's earliest controversies due to the discounted mortgage he received from a board of directors his former wife, Effi Slaughter, sat in. While Barry didn't feel too heartbroken after selling the home, the basketball hoop held some history for him after he built it for his son, Marion Christopher Barry.
This recent home that Barry lived in is located in Anacostia with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home was built in 1906 and features crown moldings, an updated kitchen, and hardwood flooring throughout. Unfortunately, the listing only shows this one photo of the outside, but shows that the home was last sold in May 22, 2007. After the time that Barry bought the home, he ran for re-election of Mayor of Washington in 2008.
· Marion Barry's Former House Is For Sale [Curbed DC]
· Former Mayor Marion Barry's Former House Sold for $450K [Curbed DC]
· Marion Barry, Washington's 'Mayor for Life,' Even After Prison, Dies at 78 [The New York Times]
· Marion Barry's mayoral house is for sale [The Washington Post]
· 1231 Talbert Street, SE [Redfin]
· 3607 Suitland Road, SE [Redfin]