Snapshot of Herring Hill Life

GM was browsing through the Wymer’s DC photographic atlas and found this interesting photo, above. Wymer’s is a collection of photos by John Wymer, who walked around the city in the late 1950’s taking snapshots of average life. They were superimposed on a map that enables you to browse them by location.

The photo above is at Dumbarton and 28th. This was part of the historic Herring Hill neighborhood, which was the heart of the historic African American community in Georgetown. And this photo reflects it. You see a group of four children, who appear to be African American, playing by the street corner. Across the street stand two adults, chatting.

A few decades after this photo was taken, the sight of black residents simply going about their daily life in east Georgetown largely came to an end. The population was pushed out by rising housing costs and by at least some speculative landlords who evicted them looking for more lucrative white tenants.

As always, GM highly recommends you read Black Georgetown Remembered, to learn to stories behind idyllic scenes like this.

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  1. Robert Mathews

    Nice Willy’s Jeep station wagon parked on the street…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willys_Jeep_Station_Wagon

    On Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM, The Georgetown Metropolitan wrote:

    > Topher posted: ” GM was browsing through the Wymer’s DC photographic atlas > and found this interesting photo, above. Wymer’s is a collection of photos > by John Wymer, who walked around the city in the late 1950’s taking > snapshots of average life. They were superimposed ” >

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