Black Broad Branch & Belmont Exhibit: Launch Event
Date and Time
New History Exhibit in Pepco Gallery: Broad Branch & Belmont
The Friendship Heights Alliance has once again partnered with local historians to unveil an informative, thought-provoking exhibit in the Pepco gallery windows at the Harrison Substation. The Fort Reno and Reno City exhibit currently there will just be up through the end of November, so make sure you don’t miss it!
This exhibit explores two stories of our neighborhood from the early 20th century. In one, two Black families along Broad Branch Road NW were forced to leave the land and homes they owned in order to make way for the newly developing all-white neighborhood of Chevy Chase D.C. The Black Broad Branch Project documents this history, and advances the vision for repair put forth by the descendants of these families today. In the other, four Black businessmen attempted to build a modern “high class” suburb for Black people on 30 acres in Friendship Heights, Md., where they sold lots to at least 28 other Black people to build homes before their plan was thwarted. Their development, called Belmont, is important to the history of American suburbanization in the 20th century, and explains why DC’s suburbs look the way they do today.
Join the Alliance and the historian team for a launch event to learn more about the content and the process.
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: 5210 Wisconsin Avenue NW, DC. The event will take place on the sidewalk adjacent to the Harrison substation
Special thanks to Pepco for providing the space.