You are invited to an open invitation to the screening of the film “Barry Farm: Community, Land and Justice in Washington, DC” Feb. 1 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church (301 A St. SE). The event takes place both in person or online.
Directed by Sabiyha Prince and Samuel George, the film looks at the history of the Barry Farm community and the migration of newly-freed Black Americans to the area in the 1860s after the property was sold to the Freedman’s Bureau. It explores the work and resiliance of the residents, in creating community and art as well as resistance and fighting for Civil Rights.
It then turns to more current history. By 2018, significant gentrification and residential development were on the rise in the area, and construction of new affordable housing was set to start at Barry Farms in September of 2022. Eviction of residents, and with it, the dispersal of the community, began in 2019.
Presenters say the film shows opportunity to provide more love and light in the community around us. Learn about the work connecting the arts to social change and the value of this history as we fight for affordable housing, and improved public housing in DC.
This in-person and virtual event takes place Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP email@example.com
Join on ZOOM: http://stmarks.net/barryfarm2023