Race, Space, and the Power of Place on Mt. Vernon Square
Carnegie Library Exterior Walking Tour
Thursday, January 19, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Given in conjunction with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s exhibit, DISTRICT II, on view at the National Building Museum, the experiential tour “Race, Space, and the Power of Place on Mt. Vernon Square,” explores how concepts of race and difference impact how citizens are allowed, prohibited, discouraged, or encouraged to share space. Public space, as scholars from Dolores Hayden to David Harvey remind us, speak to how we share space with one another – and who is seen as having “a right to the city.” Ideas about who has access to what parts of a city landscape are tightly entangled with how buildings are built, what they are imagined to symbolize, and how they are used.
Presented by scholar Izetta Autumn Mobley, Public Programs and Outreach lead, the tour gives participants an opportunity to learn about the building’s history as one of the District’s first desegregated spaces, how the building works as a great metaphor of the relationship between the Federal city and D.C., and investigate ideas of “contested space” as we explore the many functions of the library and square.