Lecture: Barry Farm, A Place of Hope and Achievement

Alcione Amos, curator, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

During the Civil War, more than 40,000 African-Americans fled slavery and came to Washington, where they crowded into mostly derelict downtown housing and rundown barracks built by the U.S. Freedmen’s Bureau. In response, the bureau created the Barry Farm settlement in what was called Washington County (today’s Southeast quadrant) across the Anacostia River. The settlement comprised 356 one-acre lots, sold in installments. The community survived well into the twentieth century but eventually fell victim to highway construction and the influx of African-Americans displaced by urban renewal in central D.C. Alcione M. Amos, curator at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, is originally from Brazil and has lived and worked in the United States for four decades. Her fields of interest include post-slavery societies and Afro-Brazilians who moved to West Africa in the nineteenth century.

This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free; no reservations required.