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We Shall Not Be Moved

Stories of Struggle from Barry Farm–Hillsdale
A group of men and women pose on the steps of a school wearing formal clothes. A couple of them smile, but most have serious expressions on their faces.
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Teachers in front of Barry Farm–Hillsdale’s Birney School, ca. 1910. Community leader Emma V. Smith is pictured at top right. 

Courtesy the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket, Massachusetts 

In 2019, the Barry Farm Dwellings housing complex in Southeast Washington, DC, was demolished to make way for a new development. The buildings were the last remnants of Barry Farm–Hillsdale, a vibrant African American community dating back to the Civil War. Today, it no longer exists.

What Happened?

Explore this online exhibition to meet the people and places that shaped Barry Farm–Hillsdale, investigate what happened to the community, and discover similar stories in other communities across the country.

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