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About this collection

The Mount Pleasant Riot Oral History Collection contains 10 audio interviews of people who were members of the Mount Pleasant, DC community during the riot of 1991. The interviews were conducted by Pat Scallen in late 2017 and early 2018. Transcripts are included for all interviews.

Mount Pleasant is a neighborhood in Ward 1 of Washington, DC, and is bordered by Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and Cleveland Park. In 1991, rioting was sparked in the neighborhood by the shooting of a Salvadoran man by an African American police officer. These interviews touch on memories of the riots, community-police relations, the history of Mount Pleasant, gentrification, and how the neighborhood changed in response to the events of 1991.

This project was created as part of the DC Oral History Collaborative, 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. The DC Oral History Collaborative is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Learn more about the DC Oral History Collaborative on the HumanitiesDC website.

 

DC Public Library holds copyright for all of the Mount Pleasant Riot Oral History Collection interviews.

 
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