Forty years ago, historic Alexander Crummell School, located in the heart of D.C.’s Ivy City community, was shuttered and fenced off from the public. Ever since, children in the area have had no safe place to play, according to grassroots organization Empower DC.
Meanwhile, the organization said it has stood with Ivy City for nearly 20 years, gaining historic landmark status for the school, suing the city to fight off the placement of a polluting bus depot on the site, and creating a community-driven plan to turn the site into a community land trust with a community center, park and play space.
“Ivy City can’t wait any longer for Crummell School,” Empower DC spokesperson Parisa Norouzi said in a recent statement, adding that residents need to take action to tell Mayor Muriel Bowser “to include funding for Crummell School in her 2021 city budget.”
The site currently remains vacant and fenced off, leaving Ivy City youth and adults desperately in need of the Crummell School as a restored community center to offer public programs and services, a park and play space which this historic Black DC community has been suffering without, Norouzi noted.