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Η οδός 1407 S, ένας πυλώνας της ελπίδας
Whitman-Walker Υγείας

Ιούλιος 22, 2018

Στο πλαίσιο της 40ης επετείου του Whitman-Walker, επίσημα στις 13 Ιανουαρίου 2018, μοιραζόμαστε 40 ιστορίες για να σας βοηθήσουμε να πούμε την αφήγηση της κοινότητας Whitman-Walker.
This week we’re looking back at one of Whitman-Walker’s former homes: 1407 S Street, NW. Purchased in 1986 at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,
the location served as a home and pillar of hope in DC. It would house the growing Whitman-Walker Clinic and its clients for more than two decades.
In 2008, Whitman-Walker sold the building and Anne Hull of The Washington Post chronicled the building’s history and significance. Read along to learn
more about 1407 S Street.

In December 2008, The Washington Post covered Whitman-Walker’s move from 1407 S Street and what the building had meant to persons impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Read the full article by Anne Hull on 1407 S Street εδώ.

Πέντε Αποσπάσματα από Ο Whitman-Walker, ένα μακρύ μέτωπο στον πόλεμο κατά του AIDS, κινείται έξω από την Anne Hull.

Σχετικά με το φυσικό συμβολισμό του κτιρίου:

“If a physical space can capture the arc of an epidemic, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, at the corner of 14th and S streets, occupied the front lines of AIDS
in Washington for 21 years. It was there when the average life expectancy for someone with AIDS was two years, and it was there when new drugs became
available that made HIV infection a manageable disease to live with.”

“Just before lighting the candles Minister Keith Holder, Food Bank, and members of his Unity Fellowship Church in Baltimore leads the crowd in ‘Reach Out And Touch … Somebodies Hand.'” Photo by Elvert Barnes from the 2005 World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil at 1407 S Street.

Σχετικά με την ανάγκη αγοράς του κτιρίου:

“Jim Graham, now a D.C. Council member, was Whitman-Walker’s executive director for 14 years, witnessing the first cases of AIDS in 1982, when gay men
were getting sick with mysterious fatal infections. By the summer of 1984, the Washington area had recorded 125 AIDS cases and 56 deaths. In what was
a prescient forecast of the growing plague, Graham brokered the purchase of a bigger building. Formerly the Evelyn Towers Apartments, the property
had been renovated but still sat in the neglected blight of 14th Street.”

Κατά τη μετάβαση στη συνοικία 14th Street στο 1980s:

“Some fought Graham on moving the clinic to a neighborhood known for drugs and prostitution, but the building had the space to offer the services he sensed
would be necessary to launch a full-scale defense for AIDS patients: medical, dental, psychological and legal services.”

Η ηθοποιός Judith Light και, στη συνέχεια, ο εκτελεστικός διευθυντής της Whitman-Walker, ο Jim Graham στέκονται μπροστά στην οδό 1407 S.

Σχετικά με τη φιλοξενία μνημείων στην κλινική λόγω των διακρίσεων, Φοβή κηδειών Homes:

“Countless memorial services were held inside the clinic. A renegade atmosphere pervaded in those days. Some funeral homes refused to handle AIDS deaths,
so when a funeral home that Whitman-Walker did business with donated a casket to the clinic, it was used in five different services. The practice violated
every public health regulation. When staff members were notified of a federal on-site inspection, they hid the coffin under a large dropcloth, but
unfortunately someone left a phone inside, and it began to ring during the inspection.”

Σχετικά με τις διακοσμητικές εμφανίσεις και τις πραγματικότητες των πελατών της οδού 1407 S:

“The chandelier in the foyer hung over a grand marble staircase, a holdover from the old Evelyn Towers apartment days. The elegance belied the degrading
reality of diarrhea and incontinence. The bathroom on the first floor was a place of wasting and humiliation. A washer and dryer were installed to
launder soiled clothes. For infection control, the staff used a ratio of one part bleach to 10 parts water.”

Μια φωτογραφία της οδού 1407 S από το Δεκέμβριο 2007, μόλις ένα χρόνο πριν ο Whitman-Walker θα κινηθεί προς τα έξω. Φωτογραφία από τον Ted Eytan.  

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