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Accession 90-010
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Covers Pearis' family background and experiences in Anacostia, c. 1863-1986, including: her great-grandparents' arrival in Anacostia in 1863; construction of the Howard family house in 1876 with financial assistance from the Freedmen's Bureau; St. Elizabeth's Hospital as a source of jobs after the Civil War; Mount Zion School as a center of African American education; her grandfather's community activism, especially his role in bringing electricity to Anacostia; her grandfather's founding of the first African American church in Anacostia; her education at Dunbar High School and Miner Teachers College; the importance of education in the Anacostia community; her involvement in the community, such as her efforts to obtain better sewage, transportation, and schools; absence of crime in Anacostia in the old days; her daycare for neighborhood children; her childhood in aunt's home following her mother's death; her fifteen year career at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and early retirement on disability; her volunteer work at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, including discussion of museum as a valuable community resource; rural nature of Anacostia when community was first established; reaction to the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum when it first opened; founding and activities of the Anacostia Historical Society and her limited involvement with the organization now due to illness; her work as volunteer for the Red Cross; impact of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum's exhibit The Anacostia Story on the local community.
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