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The Power of Place: Preserving the Legacies of African American Settlements

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
September 20, 2017
06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies public event, jointly sponsored with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

The Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to present an event jointly sponsored with the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM).

Landscape architect and National Humanities Medalist Everett Fly joins Alcione Amos, curator at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, for a discussion of the importance of preserving historic African American settlements. Focusing on Barry Farm, a community created in southeast Washington, DC, by the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War, they ask why some settlements are preserved while others are not, and what the ramifications of this difference are for contemporary African American communities.

Programs in urban landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks are supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through their initiative in “Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities,” intended to foster the joint contributions that the humanities and the design and planning disciplines may make to understanding the processes and effects of burgeoning urbanization.


1867 Map of the division of the north half of a tract of land called "St. Elisabeth," situated on the east side of the Anacostia River in the county of Washington, D.C. : surveyed into one acre lots for sale to freedmen. Courtesy the Library of Congress.