Reopening of the Anacostia Community Museum – NBC4 Washington

After being closed for most of the pandemic, the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum reopened on Wednesday.

The museum opened in its original location in the old Carver Theater in 1967 with a mission to reach the local African American community. Today, the museum retains a rich history of community advocacy and progress. It offers several collections on music and sports, as well as virtual exhibitions.

“One of the things I really like about this museum is our community approach. It’s really what sets us apart from our colleagues at the mall,” said Melanie Adams, museum director. “We really tell the stories of the people of DC, Maryland and Virginia.”

The current exhibit, “Food for the People: Eating and Engaging in Greater Washington,” explores food inequities by examining the region’s food systems. Adams explained that the museum tries to tell untold stories of our history.

“One of the things that a lot of people don’t realize is that the breakfast programs we see in schools today were really started by the Black Panthers in the 1960s,” he said. said Adams.

There’s also the story of Vivian Williams, a DC mother who led a boycott of Safeway grocery stores in 1967. Williams found that the grocery store raised prices on days when people got benefit checks, Adams added. .

“It’s a great example for people to see that these are ordinary people who are really doing extraordinary things to bring about change,” Adams said.

As the smaller Smithsonian, the museum closes for several weeks after an exhibit closes to prepare and install the next exhibit.

The museum, which is free to visit, is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are required and free parking is available.

For more information about the museum, visit its website here.

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