Thursday, July 19, 2012
Prather's Alley, Washington, DC
Prather's Alley was no exception; in fact, it seems to have been one of Northwest Washington's centers for crime and vice. The first houses on the alley were probably built in the 1850s, and by 1862 it was appearing regularly in the newspaper. In September of that year the police raided what one newspaper called "the notorius den of Eliza Crittenden in Prather's Alley." According to this reporter, Both "black and white" girls were arrested: Mary Eaton, Mary Jane Holley, Sarah Bonds, Annie Eaton and Elizabeth McManus. This Eliza had a long career, partly, one suspects, because she kept changing her name; just two months later she appeared in the press as Eliza Miller, still operating a "bawdy house" in Prather's Alley.
A few more Prather's Alley news items, all from the National Republican:
January 29, 1962
July 27, 1864.