2016 Lantern Walk

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Author: 
Shahara Anderson-Davis

The 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts present the Lantern Walk, a commemorative community event inspired by the story of African-American families who built their homes in the historic Barry Farm/Hillsdale neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River by candlelight after returning home from a long day’s work.  Participants of this free event will begin in The Yards Park, continuing down the river walk trail in front of the Navy Yard, crossing the 11th Street Bridge and ending at the Anacostia Arts Center. Partners including ArtReach at THEARC, The Phillips Collection and the Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council will lead workshops in the weeks preceding the event for participants to construct their own lanterns.

“I think the bridge is going to bring a lot of people together who normally don’t cross paths.”

Tendani Mplubusi-El, Ward 8 Artist and Resident