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Please join Friends of Peirce Mill online for a premiere of the new film about Hattie Sewell, an African American woman who ran the teahouse at Peirce Mill exactly 100 years ago. In October 1921, a neighbor’s racist complaints led to the cancelation of Sewell’s contract to run the teahouse.

A century later, the Friends of Peirce Mill worked with the National Park Service and students from Howard University to learn more about Hattie Sewell and to create a short film about her life and times. This event will build off the earlier program in the series exploring the intersection of race and history in Rock Creek Park.

This event is free, but reservations are required.


The virtual premiere will begin with a brief introduction on Zoom. Participants will be given a link to watch the 30-minute film on YouTube. Afterwards, we’ll return to Zoom for questions and answers.


This project was supported by a grant from HumanitiesDC as part of the “Humanities Grant Program,” an initiative funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.