WETA Dives into Georgetown’s History

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As part of its wonderful Neighborhoods series, WETA recently broadcast a segment on Georgetown (along with Dupont, Capitol Hill and Anacostia). It’s a nice dive into the neighborhood’s history. Check it out, the Georgetown part starts at 13:00 (GM couldn’t figure out how to embed it).

It starts with a bit of an obvious subject with Martin’s Tavern. But it moves into the more substantial story of Mt. Zion Church and Georgetown’s African American history. Following Vernon Ricks as he walks the sidewalks and recalls his days growing up in Georgetown, the piece brings a sad note as it describes the departure (or expulsion, depending on your point of view) of the community. It ends this section with the story of the Peters sisters and the dedication of the tennis courts in their honor.

The piece ends with a discussion of spies and Georgetown, always a great topic.


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