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Block by Block: Naming Washington

July 30, 2021 @ 8:00 am - January 16, 2022 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Wherever we may be, whenever we provide an address, and find our place on Washington, D.C.’s streets, we spell out and utter street numbers, state names, and in many cases, the names of individuals who dot the city’s landscape, including Farragut, Howard and Barton, among others. How often do we stop to consider who these people were? The naming of streets, places and spaces grants a degree of importance to those whose names have been chosen. It creates a living history, connecting past to present, and at times, evoking a reckoning with some of those namesakes and the legacies they leave behind. “Block by Block: Naming Washington” introduces us to a selection of the people whom city planners have deemed important enough to have streets and spaces named after them, bringing attention to their stories and the city’s complex and changing urban fabric. This exhibition is curated by Curator of Photographs Leslie Ureña.


July 30, 2021 @ 8:00 am UTC+0
January 16, 2022 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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