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Jim Crow in Washington:A Southern City in the 1920s and 1930s.

  • Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20015 United States (map)

Dr. Blair Ruble, author of Washington's U Street: A Biography (2010) will give a talk on Wednesday April 27 at the Chevy Chase Community center. Admission is free.

Chevy Chase DC was planned as a white suburban enclave, with racial covenants in place as the community expanded rapidly in the 1920s. Although the housing boom subsided in the depressed 1930s, another wave of arrivals associated with the New Deal era populated all of the District.  Dr Ruble will describe the appearance of the nation's first thriving black middle class and its effect on Jim Crow traditions throughout the city.

Dr. Ruble's presentation and discussion will be followed at 8:45 p.m. by a short HCCDC business meeting at which all are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.