Vernard R. Gray, 1941-2020

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Longtime Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) member Vernard R. Gray was a visionary curator, art collector, photographer, Jazz fan, videographer/filmmaker and fashion designer. He is best known as owner of the Miya Gallery (1976-2001), the District’s first Afrocentric gallery, named for his daughter. A native Washingtonian, he promoted the current “Made in East River” initiative which encourages DC government to allow use of vacant city-owned properties for cultural use, including food-producing greenhouses! He and the ACC collaborated for several years on events and projects to promote Jazz in DCparticularly east of the river.