African American Industrial Workers Historic Homes

Category: Labor Struggles/History

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DC Labor Map

Foggy Bottom was the home of many industrial operations in the 19th & 20th centuries. Foggy Bottom was the home of three breweries, six oil refineries, warehouses and an array of small to medium manufacturing shops, blacksmiths and craft artisans. A short walk down one of these historic streets reveals small, thin, short houses that were the mainstay home of industrial workers and especially a large population of African American workers. Alley life is an important sociological phenomenon in DC and is reflected in the Snow's Court, Queen Anne's Court and Hughes Mews which were once thriving alley communities for poor Blacks and immigrants. As Jim Crow segregation began to decline after World War II, African Americans eventually moved out of these homes into other DC neighborhoods. Today, a few Black families still live in the neighborhood that has now become gentrified with the current historic and quaint homes.- "Walking the Spirit of Black Foggy Bottom," Bernard Demczuk, PhD., Sept 2011