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A group of men, women, and children link arms and march in the street. A banner behind them reads “Welfare Rights Organization.” Two signs carried by the demonstrators read “Our children go to bed hungry and get up hungry and don’t even know nothin’ in between.”
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Local activist Etta Mae Horn (third from the left in the front row) marches for welfare rights in 1968. 

Courtesy the Jack Rottier Photograph Collection, 1953–83, Collection #C0003, Box 28, Folder 23, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries. 

What Happened to
Barry Farm–Hillsdale

Barry Farm–Hillsdale was once home to a vibrant African American community. Today, it is nearly gone.

What happened?

Travel back in time to four turning points in Barry Farm–Hillsdale’s history: the 1870s–1900s, the 1940s, the 1960s, and the recent past. Explore interactive maps, before and after photos, and oral history interviews with local residents to find out what happened. At the end of the experience, vote for what you think the most significant turning point was. 

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