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A Conversation with Descendants of a Displaced Black Community
By Chevy Chase Historical Society

A Conversation with Descendants of a Displaced Black Community

Chevy Chase DC in the Arc of American History

Wednesday, June 7,  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Register Now for the June 7th Event

Join our friends at the Historic Chevy Chase DC and the ANC 3/4G Committee on Race and Social Equity for a virtual webinar to hear directly from descendants of Black landowners who were displaced from Chevy Chase DC nearly a century ago. The program, titled "A Conversation with a Displaced Black Community: Chevy Chase DC in the Arc of American History," is free and will feature a special pre-recorded session between descendants and the Rev. William H. Lamar IV, pastor of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC.

HCCDC's Charles Cadwell, a former ANC commissioner, will moderate a question-and-answer session at the end between the audience, the descendants and the ANC 3/4G commissioners.

The program is an important part of a partnership between HCCDC and the University of the District of Columbia to explore the multi-generational effects of Black land loss. HCCDC has been working with -- and learning from -- descendants of its African American neighbors on Broad Branch Road who were driven from their homes in the 1920s so a whites-only school and park could be built.

Two families among the descendant group have connections that go back to George Washington and Mount Vernon -- from slavery, to freedom, to nation building, to racial displacement. As part of its effort to rediscover and acknowledge this neighborhood history, HCCDC has gathered the stories of the descendants. Read about their stories on the HCCDC website here.

Tune in to hear them in conversation about their experiences and perceptions on June 7.