Mapping Segregation in DC: Brightwood’s historic African American community


In the third installment of their series, Prologue DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld will present their research on how real estate developers shaped the racial landscape of Ward 4. The first two presentations were fascinating, and I strongly encourage people to attend the next presentation.

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC - Brightwood’s Historic African American Community & How Real Estate Developers Shaped the Racial Landscape of Ward 4

Photo: Prologue DC

Thursday, April 27th at 7pm
Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library
7420 Georgia Avenue NW

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is a public history project documenting the historic segregation of our city’s housing, and its schools, playgrounds, and other public spaces. In 2015, we launched the project’s first installment, Legal Challenges to Racially Restrictive Covenants. Please join us on April 27th to learn about our recent work on the history of the Military Road School and its community, and on the replacement of other historic black enclaves in Ward 4 with whites-only neighborhoods.
This project is led by Prologue DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld in collaboration with GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group. It is funded in part by the DC Preservation League and Humanities DC and was recently awarded a National Park Service Civil Rights Grant. Partners include the Military Road School Preservation Trust and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

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