Pick Up a Copy of this Informative DC Community Heritage Project BrochureThe Congress Heights Community Association, and the Anacostia Coordinating Council recently showcased their DC Community Heritage Project, Exploring Congress Heights, and the distribution campaign for the informative brochure is well underway.
The group printed an initial run of 6,000 copies for distribution throughout the city, and a second edition is due to follow. The pamphlet provides a timeline of the community, and describes some of the unique cultural landmarks which still connect residents and visitors to the history of the community. The brochure highlights Henson's farm, a tract of land belonging to a manumitted slave who purchased his own freedom and that of his family in 1813. Though the demographics of the neighborhood would fluctuate in subsequent decades, Henson and his extended family were such a strong early presence in the community that his descendants are still in the neighborhood today.
The brochure also features: St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Old Congress Heights School, the First Post Office building, and homes designed by noted African-American architect Lewis W. Giles, Sr. Look for physical copies of the brochure to be distributed in a public library, school, or business near you soon, or if you've lost your copy, visit the Humanities Council's DC Digital Museum to download it in PDF format.
|Project Director: Phillip Pannel and|
Project Scholar: Dr. Joy Kinard
For more information on Congress Heights, check out these sources:
- Chase et. al., “Congress Heights – Its Historic Context 1608-1953 and Comprehensive Survey, 1987-1988.” (Contact the DC Historic Preservation Office)
- Smith, Katherine Schneider ed., “Washington at Home Second Edition.”
- Suskind, Rob, “A Hope in the Unseen.”
- Ballou: a Documentary Film
- Congress Heights on the Rise