Oral Histories

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Mr. Larry Anderson was born on an Air Force base in New Mexico. His father was an Army sergeant. They moved to Turkey and then to Seattle, WA. Sometime between 1964 and 1966, they moved to Arthur Capper. His mother had been raised in Southwest DC,…

Sherman Mills,Oral History
To Listen to audio copy of Sherman's oral history, highlight the link and then right click to open link,choose open link,then choose download,then open link up in Windows Media…

Key Points: All of that area was under District of Columbia Public Housing. Ellen Wilson wasn't named Ellen Wilson until approximately 1970-1972. Capper was essentially the name of the Recreation Center on 5th Street. I believe it's a misnomer and…

"THE NAVY YARD RESHENA KNEW," from Neighborhood Nomads, August 15, 2012:So often our neighborhoods are the settings for wonderful stories. They are places where we come to appreciate simple things like the comforts of home and the traditions of…

Arthur Capper's Michael Graham
Michael Graham grew up in Arthur Capper, played on the famous Chain Court, Capper's Rec Court, and Garfield Park Courts. From the Georgetown Basketball History Project: All all-Met forward from Spingarn, Graham's fiery rebounding led the Green Wave…

From 1966 to December 1993, Carlena Farrar lived in Arthur Capper Public Housing. She is one of seven children. Her mother, Lena Farrar, had previously lived in Carrollsburg [which she said was public housing in SW] and then at 3rd and K St., SE in…

THE COST OF LEAVING ARTHUR CAPPERS
The Cost of Leaving Left in the rubble of the Arthur Capper exodus: bags of clothes, rusting grills, children's toys, and a cautionary tale.
By Jason Cherkis • May 20, 2005

There is no sign anywhere that Ola Dixon lived here. Her town home, 908…

Residents Fight to Save Low Income Housing By Madeleine Fletcher
In the midst of the District's low-income housing crisis, thousands of public housing residents, mostly African-Americans, are facing involuntary displacement because of several federally-funded HOPE VI redevelopment projects. "Improving the living…

In 2003, over 400 families from the Arthur Capper's housing project in South East Washington DC were forced from their homes as part of a massive nation-wide redevelopment program. Although they lived only a stone's throw from the world’s most famous…
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