In the early twentieth century, Washington, D.C.'s U Street neighborhood was home to a rich intellectual and artistic community. During the years, the historically Black neighborhood was home to numerous pivotal figures including anthropologist and writer Zora Neale Hurston, jazz musician Duke Ellington, and singer/actress Pearl Bailey (to name just a few) and hosted a number of Black-owned theaters and nightclubs. Launched in 2014 by Shellee M. Haynesworth, Black Broadway on the U is a "multi-platform story and public history initiative created to amplify, chronicle, preserve and enhance, the under-told story, cultural legacy, local memories and voices of Washington, D.C.'s marginalized Black community along the historic greater U Street community when it was known as 'Black Broadway,' a city within a city." This website is one component of that project. Here, visitors can explore a series of short documentary films that incorporate oral history interviews (in the stories section) and explore an interactive map that highlights over 60 important historic spots in the U-Street neighborhood (in the discover section). Fans of Black Broadway on the U may also want to follow this ongoing project on Twitter.
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