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Anita Hammond interview, 2021-06-01

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc035_01.wav

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D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2021-06-01


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Biographical / Historical

Anita Hammond was born in the 1930s, in the town of Seaford, Delaware. Seaford was a segregated, farming community at that time. Mrs. Hammond is a retired school teacher and she met a her husband, a widower who was also the first African American insurance actuary in Washington, D.C. His two children were in her elementary school class. They married in 1965 and purchased a home in Penn Branch neighborhood that same year, after having briefly lived in the Marshall Heights neighborhood. For decades since, Anita has also an active member of the Penn Branch Community Association. She successfully secured grant funding from during the Marion Barry Administration to conduct free youth programs for children in the community. She recalls the Penn Branch Civic Association being racially integrated while she served on the executive board and she has enjoyed their Annual Dinner Dances, over the years. Anita Hammond relocated to North Carolina after her husband died and sold her home to her daughter, Angela. However, she later returned to her Penn Branch residence and has remained there ever since.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


Anita Hammond shares her life from her earliest memory as a child growing up in segregated, farming community of Seaford, Delaware to her currently life in Penn Branch neighborhood, in Washington, D.C. She has lived in the neighborhood, since 1965. She shares her vivid memories of the people, neighborhood association and nearby community businesses. Finally, Mrs. Hammond shares and how COVID-19 has impacted her life.

Repository Details

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

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