50 Year Anniversary of the Anacostia Community Museum

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Community leader Juana Campos (right) and daughter Carmen Torruella-Quander pose in front of the $28 sewing machine that Campos bought to build her life in DC after emigrating from the Dominican Republic in 1940. The sewing machine was on view in the museum’s exhibition, “Black Mosaic: Community, Race, and Ethnicity Among Black Immigrants in Washington, DC.” Photo: Harold Dorwin

For fifty years, the Anacostia Community Museum at 1901 Fort Pl. SE has pushed the boundaries of what “museum” means. Conversations with neighbors have shaped exhibitions and programs. Collections preserve the stories of everyday people. Today, with a focus on contemporary urban themes, ACM continues to investigate shared experiences, mutual interests and agreed-upon goals. “Your Community, Your Story” on exhibition highlights some of the museum’s signature projects. anacostia.si.edu.