DC Legacy Project: Barry Farm-Hillsdale

Four African American children stand on a sidewalk in a housing development.
Young residents of the Barry Farms Housing Development, ca. 1944.

Library of Congress

Quick Facts
The DC Legacy Project: Barry Farm-Hillsdale in southeast Washington, DC is transforming five historically landmarked buildings at Barry Farm Dwellings into a commemoration of the history of the land from its founding as a Freedmen’s town in 1868 by the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands through to its time as a segregated public housing complex. Interpretive programs are planned to tell the story of desegregation of DC area schools and of the Black landowning community that formed here during Reconstruction. This site is not open to the public, but is a part of the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network

Last updated: June 25, 2022