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Exploring Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson's papers with Anacostia Community Museum
On 16 February 2017, we joined Anacostia Community Museum and Ms. Dianne Dale to learn more about Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson in a Facebook Live event. Ms. Dale connected the establishment of the Anacostia Community with support of the Freedmen's Bureau to the establishment of black education, business, and social structures. She also reinforced the significance of archival documentation to preserving the stories and history of communities that have dissipated following changing economic and social circumstances. During the talk, we saw events, correspondence, innovations, determination, and care emerge from the papers of Dr. Patterson. Note: thank you for your patience with some of the sound and image quality, as this was recorded by Facebook Live livestreaming. A community historian, writer, and stained glass artist, Ms. Dianne Dale provides illustrated lectures on the Freedmen's Bureau and HBCUs; DC and Anacostia history including the Barry Farm Freedmen's Village in SE DC. She also presents views into black education after the Civil War - including the work of her "Uncle Fred," Dr. Patterson. During #BlackHistoryMonth, the Smithsonian Transcription Center is collaborating with Anacostia Community Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to transcribe projects relating to education and theater. You can contribute to our #TCBlackHistoryMonth projects, including Dr. Patterson's papers, here:
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