Eastland Gardens

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Arcadia Publishing, 2011 - History - 127 pages
Eastland Gardens, a little-known treasure in Northeast Washington, DC, is preserved and cherished by the generations who have called it home. Though development was initiated in 1928 by a white-owned real estate investment company, black families and individuals seeking a suburb in the city were able to purchase double lots for single-family houses and gardens. They relied on the expertise of African American builders and designers--sometimes the owners themselves--to create their dream homes. The good fortune of proximity to the Anacostia River, national parks, woods, and fields has enabled Eastland Gardens residents to enjoy garden havens around their individual homes and within the neighborhood and to lay the foundation for a service-rich community. Through their organizational zeal and activism, they have been able to reduce or eliminate the impact of city and federal changes to their nurturing enclave.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Contributors
7
Introduction
9
There Were Always Gardens
11
Gur Spirits Glow in the Beauty
57
Worshipping in Gur Neighborhood
77
From These Seeds We Shall Continue to Grow
85
At Play in the Yards and Fields
95
Where Nature and Know How oin Hands
107
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The authors--Javier Barker, Regina King, Althia Harris, and Zerline Hughes--are officers and webmaster, respectively, of the Eastland Gardens Flower Club. With support from the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and the DC Historic Preservation Office, they collected memories and photographs from the personal collections of residents who value the powerful history of their neighborhood.

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