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Washington, DC’s historic Shaw neighborhood has seen dramatic changes in the past two decades. Many residents and visitors only know today’s Shaw. But what did the neighborhood look like in decades past? What did buildings that now are home to popular bars and restaurants look like back in the day? What stood where new housing and contemporary landmarks like the Walter E. Washington Convention Center are today? And what familiar places still look just like ‘Duke’ Ellington knew them?

In this webinar, we took a virtual stroll through the past with Shaw historian and Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro to discover Shaw’s past through historic and contemporary photographs. Padro also described how historic preservation helped transform a riot-scarred neighborhood into one of DC’s most popular places to live, work, shop, play, pray and learn.

About Shaw Main Streets:
Shaw Main Streets is made up of a network of dedicated Board Members, volunteers, college and university interns, and its executive director (the organization’s only employee) who have been working to revitalize Shaw’s commercial corridors since 2003. It is a designated DC Main Streets program and is funded in part by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development. Visit their website to learn more:

Program Date: June 30, 2021
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