Lost in the City: An Exploration of Edward P. Jones's Short Fiction

Southwest Quadrant


The southwest quadrant is the smallest quadrant of the DC metropolis and is currently the most highly gentrified area. The SW quadrant is where “Downtown” DC is located, and is home to the U.S. Naval Research Lab. Although there are brief mentions of the SW quadrant in Jones’s fiction, it is largely untraveled and uninhibited by his characters.

Notable Landmarks of Northeast 

​The National Museum of African American History and Culture – This museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

​MLK Memorial - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park at 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., referencing the year the Civil Rights Act Of 1964 became law. The memorial’s official dedication date is August 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, though the ceremony was postponed until October 16 due to Hurricane Irene.

​Benjamin Benneker Circle/Banneker Park - Benjamin Banneker Park (also known as the Tenth Street Overlook) is the terminus of Washington DC’s Tenth Street Mall, the central thoroughfare that connects the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithson Castle to the Southwest DC waterfront.

​The Maine Avenue Fish Market - The Fish Market is one of the few surviving open-air seafood markets on the east coast of the United States. A local landmark, the Maine Avenue Fish Market is the oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States, seventeen years older than New York City’s Fulton Fish Market.


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