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Carnegie Library Building Tour

at National Building Museum - Judiciary Square

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Judiciary Square
401 F St NW
Btwn 4th & 5th Streets NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10

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Presented in conjunction with the Historical Society’s exhibit, DISTRICT II currently on view at the National Building Museum, this experiential tour will explore how concepts of race and difference impact how citizens are allowed, prohibited, discouraged, or encouraged to share space. 

Public space speaks to how we share space with one another and who is seen as having “a right to the city.”  Ideas about who has access to parts of a city landscape are enmeshed with how buildings are built, what they symbolize, and how they are used.

Join Historical Society staff member Izetta Autumn Mobley to learn about the Carnegie Library, where, from its opening in 1903, patrons were integrated, although staff occasionally was white-only. You’ll hear how the building is a metaphor of the relationship between the federal presence and local D.C., and consider how city residents have experienced the library and its square as contested space.

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