Reader Participation Day: Find the Overpass! Anacostia WPA Artwork

Reader participation day! #HistoricHighway


This striking image of New-Deal era artwork in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC is part of the Library of Congress’ Carol Highsmith collection, taken sometime around 1980. Apparently someone had the novel idea of dressing up the blank brick facade with some fascinating panels depicting African-American history in the District.

But where is it?

Post your comments and help me find this artwork- I’ll reward you with a then-and-now photo in a new History and the Bulldozer article about historic Anacostia. So close to Capitol Hill and yet so far…

Also, check out the NOMA underpass design competition going on now- the submission period has officially closed but I’m still open to suggestions. How could a dark, scary, tunnel-like pedestrian underpass be used in a creative way?



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