Logan Circle Heritage Trail in Washington, D.C. honors Ella Watson


A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail: Ella Watson, the subject of photographer Gordon Parks’ famous and pointed portrait “American Gothic, Washington, D.C.,” rented rooms on this block at 1433 11th Street. Watson worked as a cleaning woman in the headquarters of the Farm Security Administration, a New Deal agency that employed writers and photographers to document conditions around the country during the Great Depression. In 1942 Parks, the FSA’s first African American photographer, spent a month capturing Watson at work, church, and home.