Presented by HEMPHILL Artworks & Washington, DC History & Culture
Meet at HEMPHILL 434 K Street NW, the tour will depart promptly at 2:15 pm and proceed East on K Street.
Cultures are structures. Materials. Words. Actions. Habits. Cultures absorb memory as stones absorb heat. Cultures have a gravitational weight, and history casts shadows. We walk in patterned light and dark.
This 90-minute walk through one of the original 1792 districts of the Federal City is not a tour; it is, rather, a procession, an archaeology of people, not of grounds and buildings. Together we reclaim a narrative of enslavement whose history, through the passage of time and willful erasure has been scrubbed of all significant material reference. We walk in the shadows of this forgetting; we walk to remember, and reverence, four sites, and reclaim the shadow in light.
Edward Ingebretsen holds advanced degrees in theology, philosophy, and education, and a PhD from Duke University in American literature and culture. He teaches philosophy, and ethics, and focuses particularly on animal justice issues. He has lived in DC since he began teaching at Georgetown University in 1986.