Iwan Bagus, Anne McDonough, Nolan Williams, Jr., Laura Hagood, Leena Jayaswal, and Lateef Mangum (Credit: Jermoni Dowd, courtesy of NEWorks Productions)
Produced by NEWorks Productions in collaboration with the DC History Center, DC Home Rule 50 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the District of Columbia Home Rule act by exploring the urgent themes of self-governance, full citizenship, free elections, and DC statehood.
Featuring contemporary images by emerging photographers representing American University, the University of the District of Columbia, and Howard University, images by celebrated DC photographer Lateef Mangum, and collections from the DC History Center, the D.C. Home Rule 50 exhibition opened in the West Gallery of the DC History Center on Friday, April 7. It has now been extended through October 2023.
Conceived and curated by Nolan Williams, Jr.
Additional curation (virtual exhibit) by Larry Cook
Special thanks to Anne McDonough, contributing historian
DC Home Rule 50 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act by exploring the urgent themes of self-governance, full citizenship, free elections, and DC statehood.
The Home Rule Act, passed by Congress on December 24, 1973, devolved select congressional powers to reorganize the governmental structure of Washington, D.C.; provided a charter for local governance, including the election of a mayor and city council; and delegated certain legislative powers to the local government.
The significance of this anniversary is all the more compelling when you consider that governance of the District of Columbia was controlled by Congress for 183 years, from our city’s founding on July 16, 1790 until Christmas Eve, 1973. The Home Rule Act was an important, long-overdue step towards granting DC residents the same democratic rights as citizens of all fifty states.
A companion digital exhibition will be mounted on or around April 16, 2023, in time for D.C. Emancipation Day.
Mar J. Cox