About this event
In celebration of NoMa’s beautiful new Alethia Tanner Park, and in honor of the remarkable legacy of the park’s namesake, the NoMa BID is hosting Alethia Tanner Day.
Alethia was a formerly enslaved woman who purchased her freedom and the freedom of dozens of others with money she earned by selling produce at outdoor markets. Alethia worked at a market in President’s Square, now known as Lafayette Square, where one of her customers was said to be President Thomas Jefferson. She likely also worked in the Jefferson White House.
Alethia’s resourcefulness and resilience as an entrepreneur enabled her to not only buy her own freedom, but to free 23 family members and friends as well. She continued to help the Black community and became a champion of education for Black men and women in the District by helping to establish schools for Blacks and churches in DC.
This day-long event will honor Alethia’s spirit of entrepreneurialism with the inclusion of a pop-up outdoor market, Neighbors DC, featuring all women of color-vendors and makers. Other fun activities include:
* Music from DJ Mathias Broohm and Too Much Talent Band;
* Demonstrations and Double Dutch lessons from DC Retro Jumpers;
* Vegetable planting activities and seed packets;
* Food will be available for purchase from 7 Starr Wings.
Tickets are free but attendees are encouraged to RSVP.
More details at: https://www.nomabid.org/noma-events/alethia-tanner-day/