The collection, Housing in Anacostia Video Project, contains original and master video materials created for the short documentary "On Housing," which was produced by the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum. It features video documentation of the highway, streets, and homes in the neighborhood, interviews with residents about the community and the state of rundown housing buildings, and part of a lecture on housing in African American communities.
Anacostia resident states housing conditions are poor throughout Washington, D.C. He describes the history of racial discrimination as Anacostia and surrounding areas developed and the invention of code violations for the protection of the white people. He talks harassment and increasing rents faced by black people. He believes housing conditions would improve if tenants had control over housing conditions and decisions. He led a rent strike for code violations and created a committee to ensure the landlords maintain good housing conditions for their tenants.
Interview. AV004327: full interview. AV004308: portion of AV004327 interview [rest of recording consists of Street Interviews: Park Southern Apartments which starts at 000735]. AV004331: interview begins at 001637 [recording prior to interview consists of Street Interviews: Bolling Terrace Apartments]. Part of Housing in Anacostia Video Project. Related to Street Interviews. Undated.
Housing in Anacostia Interviews, Record Group 09-026, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
African American neighborhoods
Landlord and tenant
No online access to asset AV004331 due to privacy. Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at ACMarchives@si.edu