This Is How We Live

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2008
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LeDroit Park is a small neighborhood filled with unique architectural character and historical significance to the African American community located south of Howard University in northwest Washington, D.C. In the first half of the 20th century, the LeDroit Park area was a center of African American intellectual and cultural life. Robert A. Terrell, the first African American municipal Judge and his wife, Mary Church Terrell, an educator, suffragette, and civil rights activist, were examples of the prominent African Americans who lived in LeDroit Park. In 2007, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities collaborated with LeDroit Park residents in a public art project that sought to express the character and history of the neighborhood. Artist Garin Baker was selected to create a mural, which was completed in 2008 and titled “This Is How We Live.”

The mural ties in the historical context of the neighborhood while enforcing a positive message. According to Mayor Adrian Fenty, “This initiative will visually engage residents through a beautiful neighborhood mural that depicts the unique landscapes, people and images of the historic LeDroit Park community. The mural will become a prominent landmark in the neighborhood for years to come.”

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DCArts
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Sidewall of 239 Elm St, NE, looking over Gage Eckington Elementary

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