The District’s Dave Thomas Circle, initially named after the founding father of Wendy’s, which as soon as operated in that precise space, is within the strategy of getting a brand new look and title. The general public has spoken, and voted to rename the notorious intersection after baseball legend, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, the primary girl to pitch within the Negro Leagues.
Positioned in D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood (north of Massachusetts Avenue), the circle intersects at First Road, Florida Avenue and New York Avenue Northeast.
Solely one in every of three girls to play within the Negro Leagues, Johnson is just not solely barrier-breaking to baseball, however was a D.C. icon, which is why NoMa’s Enterprise Enchancment District (BID), solicited names from the general public, and the baseballer received 40% of the 4,300 votes.
A local of South Carolina, Johnson moved to D.C. at age 11. Standing solely 5 ‘3 and weighing in at lower than 100 kilos, Johnson was small, however had a pitching arsenal together with a powerful fastball and a curveball that pitching legend Satchel Paige helped her develop. She earned her nickname when an opposing batter claimed that he wasn’t afraid of her and that she was “no greater than a peanut,” simply earlier than placing him out.
Johnson handed away on the age of 82 in D.C. following many years of service at Sibley Hospital.
Laws to alter the title will quickly be launched by the D.C. Council.
With the brand new title comes renovation for the circle, together with including two-way site visitors on First Road and Florida Avenue, together with bike lanes and different measures to enhance pedestrian and site visitors security.