In the 1940s, determined to clean-up inner cities, the federal Redevelopment Land Agency and National Capital Planning Commission Space leveled 99 percent of buildings in the Southwest quarter of DC, forcing the 4,500 Black families who had lived there to flee –more than 23,000 displaced residents.
For Southwest Remembered: A Story of Urban Renewal (1991), documentary filmakers recorded former Southwest residents as they remembered the streetcars, markets and neighborhoods that existed before the community was literally ripped apart.
Join the River Park Activities Committee and Westminster Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. for an online viewing of the film.
Immediately following the film, there will be a conversation with Rev. Brian Hamilton, Co-Pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. “As our neighborhood continues to change,” said the church in a circular about the event, “it is important to look back at the lessons learned from previous changes.”
Space is limited. You can register for the viewing here: https://bit.ly/SWRemembered