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Lewis Maiden interview, 2021-06-30

Identifier: dcpl_220_005.wav

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC: School and Neighborhood Desegregation in Ward 4 documents the transformation of Ward 4 neighborhoods and schools during the 1950s and early 1960s. Ward 4 was predominantly white in the early 1940s, but saw a shift in demographics as white families fled after the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bolling v. Sharpe, in which public school segregation was deemed unconstitutional in the District of Columbia. This project primarily consists of interviews with longtime or former Ward 4 residents.


  • Creation: 2021-06-30


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Conditions Governing Access

The external hard drive DIG_BACKUP is for staff use only and contains preservation copies of this collection. This external hard drive is not publically accessible. Please see the digital collection in Dig DC for access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Maiden was born in Washington DC in 1950 to parents who were also born in DC. His family first moved to Petworth around 1960, where he attended St. Gabriel’s through 8th grade and then Roosevelt High School. He moved to his current home in Petworth in 1971. He spent his career as a printer for the U.S. House of Representatives and for individual Congressmen.


From the Collection: 6.25 Gigabytes

From the Collection: 50 Files


In this interview, Lewis Maiden discusses what Petworth was like when his family first moved there, when many of his neighbors and schoolmates were Italians. He talks about the various neighbors and local businesses he has known over the years since moving back to Petworth in 1971, including a former People’s Drug at Georgia and New Hampshire avenues that temporarily became a boxing club and youth community center. He talks about what he did for fun both as a teenager and as an adult, including playing at Lincoln’s Cottage on the grounds of the Old Soldier’s Home, swimming and fishing in Rock Creek, and some of the places he went to hear music.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001