August 26, 2019

On August 24, we hosted the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) as they held their Community Chest event at the Greenbelt Community Center. Dr. Synatra Smith (above) and her staff had different stations that encouraged attendees to sha...

Are you a descendant of one of the early African American families who lived on the land that is now Historic Greenbelt? Or do you have knowledge of African American workers who helped build Greenbelt? Please contact us. We would love to hear your stories!

And about the...

This c. 1937 Lenore Thomas Straus photograph is of African American laborers at what is now the Community Center. Her "Promote the General Welfare" bas relief is in the background. Although African Americans helped build Greenbelt, it was not open to them due to segreg...

Another African American New Deal community in our region is Aberdeen Gardens in Hampton, VA. Originally named Newport News Homesteads, Hampton University sponsored its establishment in 1934. It was completed in 1937, the same year as Greenbelt.

Aberdeen Gardens was des...