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These are two images of students at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, an African American dance school. The top photo depicts a dance concert in 1958. The bottom is a class occurring sometime between 1956-1958.

Patricia Ford Neal contributed…

A letter of congratulations from Ken McClain, the Records Chairman, of the U.S. Weightlifting Federation to Irene Stewart Kellogg for setting a new record of 75kgs in the women's 45-49 age group. It accompanied a National Masters Certificate.

This is a photograph of a historical reenactment in Washington, DC. It is the Presentation of Colors by the 3rd US Infantry, also called the Old Guard. Irene Kellogg took this photo in black and white of the remembrance ceremony to salute Black…

This is a photo taken by Irene Stewart Kellogg of Princess Mae Richardson and two young girl scouts. They were at a protest against the closing of the 12th street YMCA. The photo was taken at 12th and S Streets NW.

The back side of this photo…

This a letter from Mr. B.S. Gallimore to Audrey Louise Brown. Gallimore held the possessions of Audrey Brown's father, Titus Newton Brown, who was possibly a Baptist Minister of Religion in Jamaica. Gallimore wrote this letter from Turrialba, Costa…

This is a letter of recommendation for Audrey Louise Brown written by Carrie E. Pettipher on May 15, 1936 . Pettipher was the office secretary of The National Training School for Women and Girls, Inc. run by Nannie H. Burroughs. The letter lists…

This document is a detailed account of the 67 material objects found at the home of Annie Taliaferro. Taliaferro lived in Barry Farms at the corner of Stanton Road and Suitland parkway at the turn of the twentieth century. She is assumed to be a…

This document is a proposal to the Anacostia Community Museum for the accession of material objects found at the home of Annie Taliaferro, who lived in Barry Farms at the corner of Stanton Road and Suitland parkway at the turn of the twentieth…

This is a short journalistic video produced by high school students of Richard Wright Public Charter School. The short film interviews older and newer residents of the Barracks Row neighborhood to learn how demographic and economic changes have…

A young Washingtonian's video reflection on the importance of the city's culture, history, and historic sites. It features brief comments and reflections from historians, students, and various other community members on Black Georgetown. This rough…

Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis delivers an introductory, biographical lecture for the 42nd Annual DC Historical Studies Conference on the late Prof. Letitia Woods Brown for the occasion of the scholar's 100th birthday. Clark-Lewis describes how Woods…

From Swastika to Jim Crow reveals the little-known story of German refugee scholars who were expelled from their homeland by the Nazis and found new lives at the historically Black colleges in the American South. The Humanities Council funded this…

This 16 page booklet accompanies the documentary film "Who's Gonna Sing Our Song." It serves as a guide for educators looking to create extra-curricular opportunities for students based on the film.

This mixed media piece reflects the unspoken code used by slaves seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad. The piece depicts good fortune, where friendly Native American populations may be found, protection, and the nearby presence of the…

Participants in Radio Rootz DC, a "media literacy and production program for youth," interviewed members of the Ward 1 community in Washington, DC.

Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Museum, discusses history, his work at the…

This documentary asks several long-practicing barbers and beauticians from the H Street NE corridor in Washington, DC about their businesses, and about the history of the neighborhood. Much of the documentary focuses on Anwar Saleem and Nurney Mason.

This brief documentary combines historical research with personal testimony to illustrate the lives of several successful graduates of Washington, DC's Dunbar High School. Dunbar was a historically segregated school, nationally recognized for its…

This walking tour of parts of the Shaw, Le Droit Park, and Cardozo neighborhoods links the life of Zora Neale Hurston and her book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, to physical locations in Washington, DC. The tour was created for the 2007 Big Read, and…

This documentary about spoken word performance and poetry in Washington, DC links the prevalence of these art forms among the African American community with a strong oral tradition.

The film features prominent poets and demonstrates the process…

Don Murray starts the Panel by addressing question, to Mossi K. Tull, Deidre Gantt, Kevin Anderson and Njeri Jarvis, who are regular Washingtonians passionate about their culture, community and why they feel that the African American community should…

Dr. C.R. Gibbs spoke on April 11, 2006 at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Main Auditorium, Building 46 and discussed the Structures and Forces of Slavery, Abolition and Resistance to Slavery, The District of…

Lillian Evans Tibbs was born in Washington in 1891, a time when no woman of color sang professionally in the opera, anywhere in the world. This video traces the life of the remarkable woman who reinvented herself as Madame Evanti and broke the color…

Through interviews with Montague Cobb and Harold Lewis, filmmakers Junette Pinkney and Mary Frances Sirianne explore the Washington's black history from the beginnings of the Great Migration to school desegregation in 1954.

The film documents life for African American women in the early 20th century south, and their transition to life in Washington, DC and other urban centers, where they often worked as domestic servants. Author and filmmaker Elizabeth Clark-Lewis…

This film documents the 1998 35th reunion gala of former Teenarama dancers at the Eclipse night club in northeast Washington, DC.

The film is part of a larger documentary project from filmmaker Beverly Lindsay-Johnson and the National Hand Dance…
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