The Anacostia Community Museum's art & artifact collection is a product of the museum's role as an incubator and repository of community history. Most personal items come directly from the original owner. Many artworks were donated by the artists themselves or family members.
Holdings range from paintings and sculptures to hand-sewn quilts, and from political banners to sports trophies, graduation robes, and other treasured possessions. Each object carries a story, documenting the experiences and achievements of Washington, DC residents, as well as the material culture traditions of underrepresented communities nationally, with a particular focus on the African American community.
Over 1,500 art & artifact records are available online. We are continuously working to add more, so check back often!