Historical Preservation at the Grassroots Level

“Remembering YoU” is a community-driven archival initiative created to preserve U Street’s rich history and empower local residents to retake control of the narratives shaping their histories and neighborhoods. This project is sponsored by the Georgetown University Humanities Initiative and HumanitiesDC. To learn more about the U Street archival initiative, please visit the “Project Overview and History” page on our site.

Hand-drawn map of Ellington’s Washington by Franz Jantzen highlighting prominent U Street locations included in the “Remembering U Street: A Pictorial Reminiscence” book from the 1994 U Street Festival by Henry Whitehead et al. Courtesy of George Washington University’s Special Collections.

  • Day 1 of Remembering YoU Fair Comes to a Close!

    November 8, 2019 by

    As day one of the fair comes to a close, the Remembering YoU team would like to thank the many community members and friends who came out to see the exhibits, booths, performances, and other programming during our day-long celebration of U Street! We look forward to hosting the community again tomorrow, for yet another… Read more

  • Welcome to “Remembering YoU”

    October 16, 2019 by

    Project introduction: Gentrification involves not only the physical displacement of communities, but the erasure of the history of those communities in the site of their original homes. As the physical environment is transformed through development and as people scatter, gentrifying neighborhoods become sites of historical and archival loss. In turn, this loss furthers gentrification, as… Read more

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