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The annual Barry Farm Day was a successful day of games, food, and music.

In addition to celebrating the end of summer and the start of school, this year’s event also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the purchase of the original 375-acre farmland from the Barry family by the Freedmen’s Bureau.

The bureau’s commissioner, General Oliver O. Howard, along with Senator Samuel C. Pomeroy, and John R. Evans sold parcels of land to formerly enslaved and free-born African Americans, creating a post-Civil War community. The bureau then distributed the profits from the land sales to establish Howard University, as well as other schools along the East Coast.

The nearly 40-acre Barry Farm community that stands today was built more than 70 years ago as temporary housing for World War II workers.

While the youth enjoyed face painting, snow cones, popcorn, and inflatable carnival activities, their elders enjoyed barbecue and listening to music – including a performance from D.C.’s own Familiar Faces.

Barry Farm Resident Council President Rhonda Edwards-Hines honored several women in the community for their hard work and volunteerism.

The District of Columbia Housing Authority along with the Barry Farm Resident Council, Far Southeast Collaborative, and D.C. Water sponsored the event. 

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