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Panel Recording: Georgetown’s Legacy of Race & Racism

General   •   August 28, 2020

Georgetown Heritage partnered with Dumbarton House, Mt. Zion/Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park, and Tudor Place Historic House and Garden to present Reckoning the Legacy of Race & Racism in Georgetown. The panel of thought leaders, academics, and descendants discussed race and racism in Georgetown.

Much of residential and commercial Georgetown was built by free and enslaved African Americans and, for many years, Georgetown was an extremely diverse neighborhood. In 1800, 34% of Georgetown residents were free or enslaved African Americans, while Black Georgetowners account for less than 6% of today’s population.

This discussion explored the policies and practices that led to this change, followed by Q&A. Click here for a recording of the discussion.

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