Challenge Hope and Rescue
Organized by: Sheila Hall-Onley
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September 10, 2016
Sponsored by The Challenge Hope and Rescue Historic Preservation Mission Inc
A Not for Profit Organization: EIN: 81-0902402
The Sal Hall Residence was built in 1935,one of the several duplexes, built during this time period, developed by John R. Pinkett, and the Suburban Realty Group. As Sal Hall was a prominent leader in Washington DC during the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, he reached youth, on a level of no other; he touched their lives, with toughness, fairness, and drove into their spirits, the attitude of success.
The house sits on three lots of land in Washington DC, it is listed in the Cultural Tourism Organization, as a historic site on the African American Heritage Trail, of the Cultural Trails which lead us through the history of the Nation's Capital.
As years come and go, the home of Sal Hall remains, almost 80 years, nestled in the rolling hills of the Deanwood area within the inner city of Washington DC, far northeast. As the area has not sought to be listed and designated a Historic District, due to the lack of residential and home owners support, the area has succumb to the city’s most unusual residents.
In the eves of the night to come, one can hear the police sirens bellowing down the streets, an echo of gun shots off in the distance and a cry of a young child whispers across the wind’s light. To long has the neighborhood toiled without substance, as once the Deanwood Area was a self-sustaining African American Middle Class neighborhood.
Invaded by thieves, the home has been violated. One too many times, has the stench of invaders lurched within the halls of the home. Vandals ripped the alarm system, out of the wall to be undetected. Of course the owner has now secured the inner perimeter completely, whereas no source can enter unnoticed, and desecrate the sanction of history that prevails throughout the walls.
Work remains to be a necessity to keep the foundation, safe and secure. Our initial phase of the renovation will be to replace the now existing chain link fence, with an iron posted privacy, protective layer of fencing to keep the “wanderer” from entering the yards, drinking in the cut, sexing on the property and drugging in the hidden areas.
My number one goal, is to take back my community, one house at a time! To give to the community a sense of pride, value and dignity it deserves. Return the history to the community, teach the young about our roots, and give them something to strive for in their future.
We hope this project is inspiring and draws you into participating all on its own. But if we had to answer the question, we'd say: back it because you like seeing old buildings preserved, because you believe in redemption rather than deterioration, because you want to bring some positivity to a neighborhood where few entities choose to invest, because you want to participate in creating something beautiful. Honor a Great Man, the recipient of the 1983, Elder W Diggs Award for contributions made to the community. Xi Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni, class number 9, Howard University, esteemed Hellian, "the Lucifer 1964".
The community deserves the restoration and preservation of the Sylvester R. “Sal” Hall house, as a reminder of our strength, of our ability to overcome and to succeed. We must strive to be the best that we can be..”My father told me many times, and I can still hear him now: “Little Girl- you can do anything you want to do, successfully and succeed if YOU want to do it!” Don’t You?