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Meet us at the Penn Branch Community Day Celebration!

This is a live event and all are welcome to attend!

The Penn Branch neighborhood is located east of the Anacostia River in Washington,DC , bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue SE to the south; Pope Branch Park and Pope Creek to the north; Branch Avenue to the west; and Fort Davis Park to the east. This community of quiet, mature tree-lined streets, well-manicured lawns, and approximately 550 single-family homes was an all-white enclave until a prominent African American doctor and his wife—purchased their family home in the early 1960s. By 1968, over 60% of the white residents of Penn Branch had relocated.

Last year, Paul Grant organized an oral history project to document the personal narratives of the first generation of African Americans who integrated Penn Branch between 1960 and 1968.

The goal was to share one generation’s experiences with newer residents while providing an opportunity to build deeper understanding of how local policies, systems, and environment have continued to impact the quality of life in this neighborhood over the past 60 years. Join us as Grant and a panel of the project’s interviewees discuss the history of the neighborhood, the experience of having their stories recorded for the archive, and their hope for the future of the community. The program will kick off the Penn Branch Community Day celebration!

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