Members of the late Cab Calloway’s family and their allies spent half of 2019 fighting to prove that the jazz pioneer’s former home at 2216 Druid Hill Ave, was worth historic preservation. Now, evidence that connects the Calloways and the house to trailblazing black civil rights advocacy might give them another card to play.
Razing the stretch of dilapidated rowhomes where the Cab Calloway spent his teenage years will make way for a park that supporters say will revitalize Druid Heights and honor Calloway’s legacy. But the musician’s descendants stand divided, some locked in a bitter dispute with park planners and leading last-ditch efforts to save the structure at 2216 Druid Hill Ave.
Commissioners listened to reports on the 2200 block of Druid Hill Avenue, on which Cab Calloway’s former house sits, and follow-up on the former Woodberry Homes site before hearing from the jazz great’s grandson and the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation’s leaders.