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Black Georgetown Remembered : A History of Its Black Community from the Founding of

Black Georgetown Remembered : A History of Its Black Community from the Founding of "The Town of George" in 1751 to the Present Day


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Georgetown's little-known black heritage shaped a Washington, DC, community long associated with white power and privilege.Black Georgetown Remembered reveals a rich but little-known history of the Georgetown black community from the colonial period to the present. Drawing on primary sources, including oral interviews with past and current residents and extensive research in church and historical society archives, the authors record the hopes, dreams, disappointments, and successes of a vibrant neighborhood as it persevered through slavery and segregation, war and peace, prosperity and depression.

This beautifully redesigned 25th anniversary edition of Black Georgetown Remembered, first published in 1991, includes a foreword by Maurice Jackson and more than two hundred illustrations, including portraits of prominent community leaders, sketches, maps, and nineteenth-century and contemporary photographs. Kathleen Menzie Lesko's new introduction describes the impact the book and its companion documentary video have had since publication and updates readers on recent changes in this Washington, DC, neighborhood.

Black Georgetown Remembered is a compelling and inspiring journey through more than two hundred years of history. A one-of-a-kind book, it invites readers to share in the lives, dreams, aspirations, struggles, and triumphs of real people, to join them in their churches, at home, and on the street, and to consider how the unique heritage of this neighborhood intersects and contributes to broader themes in African American and Washington, DC, history and urban studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626163263
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2016
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 755,252
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Menzie Lesko is a former scholar-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library and current research scholar at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Valerie Babb is the Franklin Professor of English and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia.

Carroll R. Gibbs is a professional historian, lecturer, and author of numerous works on African American history.

Table of Contents

ContentsForeword to the 25th Anniversary EditionIntroduction to the 25th Anniversary Edition

Foreword Introduction The Early Years: 1740–1900 A Washington Community: 1900–1950 The Historic District: 1950–Present

AppendicesMap of Georgetown’s Black History Landmarks Black Churches in Georgetown Mount Zion Cemetery The Community House Family Histories of Current Georgetown Residents A Century of Teachers from Black Georgetown A Listing of the Black Georgetown Archive in Georgetown University



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