Janette Hoston Harris
Dr. Janette Hoston Harris

A wake and funeral service for Dr. Janette Hoston Harris, the District of Columbia’s city historian and founder of the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Society, will be held Thursday and Friday at John Wesley AME Zion Church at 1615 14th Street NW.

Harris, 79, died Nov. 2 at her home from an aggressive form of cancer.

Born Sept. 7, 1939, to the late Eluen Hoston Sr. and Maude Hoston, Harris attended school in her birthplace of Monroe, Louisiana, and graduated from Carroll High School in 1956.

She enrolled at Central State University, under President Charles Harris Wesley, in Wilberforce, Ohio, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1962. This same year, she wed Dr. Rudolph Harris, with whom she had two children, Rylan and Junie Harris.

Committed to preserving African-American history, Harris went on to earn her doctorate degree in history (1975) from Howard University.

A 56-year resident of the District, Harris owned J.H. Harris & Associates, LLC and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Links Inc., Continental Society Inc., and the Alpha Wives.

Harris is survived by her husband, Rudolph; son Rylan and wife Beverly; daughter, Junie; stepson Ronnie Johnson and wife Dorothy; grandchild Kennedy G.; sister Wilhelmina Hoston Suttles; in-laws Frank and Sheryl Harris, and Linda and Walter Caldwell; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.

Services for Harris are as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 15

Wake and organizational ceremonies (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
• Continental Society, Inc. – 6:25 p.m.
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – 6:50 p.m.
• The Links, Inc. – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16

Funeral Service
• Viewing – 9 a.m.
• Service – 10 a.m.

Interment will follow immediately at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery (3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, MD 20722).

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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