Civil Rights Tour: Housing - Industrial Bank of Washington

In 1913 laborer and entrepreneur John Whitelaw Lewis founded the Industrial Savings Bank at 11th and U streets NW, opening up financial opportunities for blacks.  When it opened, Industrial Bank (designed by black architect Isaah T. Hatton) was the…

Civil Rights Tour: Housing - Church of God and Elder Michaux

Much of Michaux's life work was devoted to advancing black economic independence. Soon after his arrival in DC around 1928, Michaux brokered a deal with the city to house evicted families in a building at Seventh and T streets NW, not far from where…

Civil Rights Tour: Housing - Barry Farm Dwellings

Barry Farm Dwellings was just over 20 years old in 1966, and already falling apart when a Washington Post reporter interviewed residents for her article, "Hope Ebbs and Tempers Rise: Underground Poor Fight Funds Cuts." Driven by poor living…