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Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Photo by Susana Raab

Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Photo by Susana Raab

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Anacostia Community Museum Receives $49,616 Award From the National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant Program

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum has announced that it received an award of $49,616 from the National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant Program. These funds will support the upcoming exhibition “A Right to the City” presented as part of the museum’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration that began Sept. 15, 2017.

The outcome of a three-year research effort, “A Right to the City” will explore the history of neighborhood change and activism in the nation’s capital and will be on view April 21, 2018, through April 20, 2020. It focuses on diverse Washington, D.C. neighborhoods affected by the “return to the city” movement taking place in urban centers nationwide and tells the story of ordinary citizens who have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways.

“‘A Right to the City’ is a timely representation of just how important a sense of community and home–a sense of place–are to people’s everyday lives,” said Lori D. Yarrish, the museum’s director. “The goals of the African American Civil Rights Grant Program align perfectly with ours in establishing the importance of site-based research and documentation in shaping the future. We appreciate NPS’ support in helping us to tell these stories.”

The National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant Program was established in 2016 to preserve and highlight the sites and stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century. The grants, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, provide funding to states, tribes, local governments and non-profit organizations to support a broad range of planning, development and research projects for historic sites associated with African American civil rights in the 20th century.

About the Museum: The Anacostia Community Museum was founded in 1967 as an initiative to bring national culture into a local, inner-city environment. Under John Kinard, the museum’s founding director, its mission changed, and it became a place for people in an urban neighborhood to voice their concerns about city life and examine their roles in society. The museum served as a safe space for encouraging local forms of cultural expression.

Today, the museum explores social issues affecting diverse populations of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to promote mutual understanding and strengthen community bonds. The museum’s work focuses on the arts, environment, community history and urban studies, and researching, interpreting and sharing the stories of diverse communities.

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Note to editor:Images for publicity can be obtained from Also visit the museum website at for the calendar of public programs associated with the exhibitions.