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DC’s Funeral Homes are Disappearing. Here’s Why That Makes Us Sad.

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One way to get a sense of how a city lives is to look at how it dies—or rather, who takes care of its deceased. In recent years, the District has seen many of its African-American–owned funeral homes either shut down or move to more remote locations as gentrification has caused property values to soar in neighborhoods such as Shaw and Petworth.

The former site of Grace Murray Funeral Home on Georgia Avenue will soon be occupied by an 18-unit apartment building. Austin Royster Funeral Home in Columbia Heights has been replaced by a condo building. Frazier’s Funeral Home, which served Shaw for nearly 80 years, has given way to an apartment house where rents start at $2,300 a month. A Petworth property once occupied by Latney’s Funeral Home is awaiting demolition.

The closures aren’t simply a barometer of gentrification. They can have deep symbolic resonance for community members who for generations have gathered at these places during some of the most difficult moments of their lives. With longtime residents, the local funeral parlor “buried their grandma, buried their father,” says Frankie L. Washington, president of the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, a trade group for black-owned funeral homes.

Read more @ The Washingtonian

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JAZZspiration – A Night With Three Legends (Anthony Walker, Allyn Johnson and Mark Walker) | Monday, June 11, 2018

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SOV Entertainment Presents

JAZZspiration

A Night With Three Legends (Anthony Walker, Allyn Johnson and Mark Walker)
You don’t want to miss this Star-Stubbed Lineup featuring Jazz Musicians ☆Anthony “Tony” Walker, ☆Professor Allyn Johnson and ☆Mark Walker!
They are coming together along with other great musicians for one amazing night of musical inspiration.
 
 June 11, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at door.
For more event information or to purchase tickets visit https://buygospel.com

Check out the Promotional Video on YouTube link:

#SOVEntertainment #JAZZspiration

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Wise Young Builders Summer Camp 2018

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The camp is divided into (6) one week sessions of fun and education!

This year, students will freshen up on math skills through fun games and carpentry projects.

We will teach the use of tools such as measuring tape, drill guns, hand saws and hammers, but safety first!

Students will be provided with safety gear and will also participate in a tool safety training courses!

For more information please visit us @ www.wiseyoungbuilders.org

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My City 4 Ways Presented by Essence + Ford | Food | Music | Art | Lifestyle – Saturday, May 19

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