Lantern Walk remembers African-American founders of Barry Farms and Hillsdale

In recent years DC’s developers and their bought-and-paid for politicians have been trying to move out the residents of Barry Farms to make way for “redevelopment” and what they think of as “progress.” On the 17th of September, the 11th st Bridge Park Washington Performing Arts held a Lantern Walk remembering the African-American builders who built their homes in Barry Farms and Hillsdale while working such long hours in town that they often had to walk back to Anacostia by lantern light. Some of the participants in the Lantern Walk sang “We shall not be moved” by the 11th St Bridge, a clear reference to the current threats to Barry Farms.

The Lantern Walk began at the severely gentrified Yards, crossed the 11th St Bridge, and ended at the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road.

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