Holding on to Reno: Community Resistance to Displacement in DC

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Holding on to Reno: Community Resistance to Displacement in DC

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Join Neil Flanagan, author of the 2017 Washington City Paper article "The Battle of Fort Reno" for a seminar exploring one community's struggle to fight displacement.
Residents of the mixed-race Reno neighborhood in Tenleytown did not make their eviction easy. As white neighbors and developers campaigned for the demolition of their homes, the community worked with elite African Americans to stop the effort for decades. They skillfully used what political leverage they had to expose a plan which, even in the 1920s, was understood to be a corrupt and racist scheme. While the efforts were unsuccessful in the face of overwhelming political power and were forgotten, new archival discoveries show what resistance looked like in the increasingly segregated D.C. of the 1920s.  

This summer's People's University seminar series was developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum to compliment their current exhibition A Right to the City. Satellite exhibits exploring the history of neighborhood change are available at five DC Public Library neighborhood locations.

Register at washingtoniana.eventbrite.edu.