‘Gem of the City’: Anacostia Community Museum Celebrates 50 Years

The Anacostia Community Museum opened 50 years ago, and they are celebrating with a huge block party Saturday, Oct. 7. You can find details here.

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The Anacostia Community Museum wants to renew its focus to become a community center in its 50th year, acting director Lori Yarrish said. Museum officials commissioned this mural from a North Carolina artist.

nThe block party is Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, which is at 1901 Fort Place SE. The performers include Experience Unlimited, featuring Sugar Bear; Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.; Tradiciones Bolivianas and The Wong People.
Chuck Brown's guitar is one of many artifacts found inside.
The museum was founded in 1967 as a "bold initiative by the Smithsonian to bring collections east of the river," Yarrish said.
The Museum is incorporating more active and community elements -- perhaps epitomized by the Saturday, Oct. 4 block party.
Founding director John Kinard wanted to do more than bring museum artifacts across the river. He moved to make the museum a community pillar.
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