Sound: Footsteps, then music, drum beats, full of wonder, some nostalgia. Camera clicks throughout.
This was 4th street, and all of these photos were taken by one man: Joseph Owen Curtis. But how that world disappeared, who made it disappear…It wasn’t just father time. It was something else.
Sound: Music begins to race and build.
CHLOETHIEL: Urban Renewal has taken a low income area and definitely upgraded it.
It’s all about to go.
EGGIE CUT: We all ‘bout to go.
IMANI: The great majority of 23,000 mostly Black residents that were displaced in the 1950s redevelopment never returned. But thanks to Joseph Owen Curtis, they can never be erased.
Sound: Camera clicks.
IMANI: This is Before the Bulldozers: Historic Southwest DC Exposed.
Sound: Music builds to a crescendo, then ends.