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Evolution of a Community: Tour of the Exhibit

Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Hutchinson, Louise Daniel  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Birney Elementary School  Search this
Douglass Hall (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands  Search this
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969  Search this
Howard, O. O. (Oliver Otis), 1830-1909  Search this
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964  Search this
Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945  Search this
Collection Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
1 Video recording (open reel, 1/2 inch)
African American  Search this
Archival materials
Video recordings
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Barry Farms (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
circa 1972
Scope and Contents:
Historian Louise Daniel Hutchinson leads tour of museum exhibit Evolution of a Community. The tour includes four stops: Douglass Hall (black shopping center), Old Birney School, a black home, and a black church. Prior to the tour, Hutchinson provides a history of Anacostia from its earliest beginnings when the Nacotchtank Indians, part of the Algonquian family, lived on the land now known as Anacostia until General Howard bought land, Barry Farms, to break up into lots to sell to free blacks through the Freedman's Bureau. During the tour, Hutchinson describes employment in the 1920s; segregation in schools, businesses, and theaters; the clearing of Tent/Shack City, where veterans lived, with tear gas and fire under the direction of Douglass MacArthur, George Patton, and Dwight Eisenhower in 1932; home life and items found in a black home in the 1920s; and the importance of the church to the spiritual and social lives of black people.
Tour of exhibit. Part of Evolution of a Community Audiovisual Records. Video recording quality: image drop out and skips in recording. Undated.
Biographical / Historical:
Evolution of a Community, an exhibit at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from January 1972 though December 1972, presented the history of Anacostia from post-World War II to the present through photos, text, drawings, video tape programs, and a slide/tape show. Evolution of a Community Part II, also known as Anacostia Today, was on display at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from March 1973 though July 1973. The exhibitions developed as a result oral histories collected from Anacostia residents.
Title transcribed from physical asset (Evolution of a Community) and contents of video recording (tour of the exhibit).
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African Americans  Search this
Communities  Search this
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African American neighborhoods  Search this
Employment  Search this
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African American business enterprises  Search this
Schools  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Churches  Search this
African American churches  Search this
Housing  Search this
Veterans  Search this
Algonquian Indians  Search this
Nacotchtank Indians  Search this
Social history  Search this
Video recordings
Unedited footage
Evolution of a Community: Oral History of Anacostia, Exhibition Records AV03-040, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.03-040, Item ACMA AV003047
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Evolution of a Community: 1972 Exhibition Records
Evolution of a Community: 1972 Exhibition Records / Series ACMA AV03-040: Evolution of a Community Audiovisual Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

Charles Smith, 1940- [Folder]

Alternate name:
Doctor Charles Smith  Search this
Additional name:
Smith, Doctor Charles  Search this
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Art & Artist files at the Anacostia Community Museum
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