Learn about newly uncovered evidence of the History of Slavery at the Holt House in Adams Morgan.

 

That research, in part, inspired the creation of the Chronology on the History of Slavery and Racism. See

 

http://innercity.org/holt/slavechron.html

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 6-7 p.m.

 

Join the Holt House Preservation Task Force of the Kalorama Citizens Association for a one-hour sunset walk around Holt House, located on the grounds of the National Zoo overlooking Walter Pierce Park in Adams Morgan. Learn about this early 1800s house, its condition and the preservation process, as well as about its links to 19th-century industry along Rock Creek and to the history of slavery in the nationís capital. MEET: west side of Walter Pierce Park, by picnic tables under the trees, entrance off 1900 block of Calvert St. NW, (east end of Duke Ellington Bridge/ Metro Bus turn around, & Mama Ayeshas). FREE. No Reservations required. Rain or Shine. Information: 202.232.6113

 

Built in the early 1800s, Holt House is a rare example of the Classical Revival style in Washington and, since 1973, has been Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Under the stewardship of the National Zoo since 1890, and used as administrative offices until the 1980s, the house has been vacant and boarded up for over a dozen years.

Its severely deteriorated condition caused the D.C. Preservation League to include Holt House for three years in a row on its list of the Ten Most Endangered Places of Washington. In 2000, the Kalorama Citizens Association (KCA) formed the Holt House Preservation Task Force (HHPTF) to help save Holt House by raising public awareness through community outreach and by building an alliance of other community groups and city organizations that support the restoration of the property. One of the HHPTF goals for 2001 is to persuade the Smithsonian, as custodian of this historic property, to recognize the preservation of Holt House as a priority.

 

For more information, contact:

Wanda Bubriski, 232-6113, wbubriski@yahoo.com, or, Barbara Bates, 244-2090, bbates9@juno.com Eddie Becker ebecker@cni.org