Petworth History Tent


Petworth has a long history of being a residential neighborhood where people buy homes, raise families and work to create a community. Come hear local residents and historians talk about DC and Petworth.

The Petworth History Tent is sponsored by Ryan DaSilva and DC Office of Cable TV

  • 11:00am:  Karen Abbott, a native Washingtonian and Petworth resident, will share photos and speak about her mother's life and incredibly unique diorama art work.

  • 11:30am: Rhoi Wingali, founder of NAVA, Inc., is a Washingtonian and immigrant from Africa, and will speak about community, leadership and entrepreneurship.

  • 12:30pm: C.R. Gibbs, Washington historian and author of six books will speak on the history of Petworth. Slavery, horses, dairy farm and other stories you do not know.

  • Afternoon: Open stage speaking.

  • The Petworth Festival Memory Page: Tell us a story. Jot down a memory, write a poem, draw a picture or doodle to add to our memory book.

  • Also on hand to speak will be Geena Avery, co-founder of Juneteenth celebrations, and a consultant and marketing professional located in Washington, DC.

  • Thomas Blanton will announce the kick-off of the 400-year commemoration of African American history on September 14th at the African American Civil War museum.