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The Washington Navy Yard, the Navy’s oldest shore establishment, has supported U.S. naval operations since 1799. From 1799 to 1961, the Yard relied heavily on D.C. neighborhoods such as Barney Circle, the Capitol Hill District, Anacostia and Fairlawn to supply its workforce and complete the important work of repairing vessels and producing naval weapons. The Yard was one of the largest employers in Washington D.C., employing thousands of people from a diverse array of backgrounds, including European immigrants, women and Black Americans. The Yard owes much of its 200-plus years of success to the contributions everyday D.C. residents from local neighborhoods.