Brookland, by John J. Feeley Jr. and Rosie Dempsey, is a new publication in the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing. Like the other books in this series, it uses archival photographs to present distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Its images and text celebrate Brookland and bring to life its fascinating history.
Brookland D.C. is located in the North East corner of Washington, D.C. It is a neighborhood with strong connections to Howard and Catholic Universities, the Catholic Church, and Washington's black intelligentsia. Its rich past is well preserved in its architecture, historic sites, and social institutions. It is a thriving middle-class neighborhood and a place full of family stories. It is a place graced by beautiful institutional open spaces, woods, and large backyards. Above all, Brookland is a place of history. The Brooks' Mansion, the Twelfth Street business corridor, the Franciscan Monastery, Fort Bunker Hill, and the Ralph Bunche House — each site tells another story of Brookland.
John J. Feeley Jr. is a Brookland native. He grew up roaming around Turkey Thicket, the woods of Sisters College, Fort Bunker Hill, and all the sites of old Brookland. When he took the 1965 Brookland Tour, an insatiable interest in all things Brookland was sparked that has yet to be satisfied.
Rosie Dempsey's Brookland roots date back to her parents, who met and married there. Rosie and her husband bought their c. 1896 home 25 years ago and joined numerous relatives in Brookland. The example of her cousin, Helen D. Young, inspired Dempsey to embrace civic life and neighborhood history.
If you wish to share your reminiscences of Brookland, receive invitations to upcoming events about the book, make a general comment, or be placed on the authors' mailing list, please contact the authors at firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 8, 2011, Rosie and John hosted a book launch celebration in Brookland's Masonic Hall. At the event the two authors discussed their experience in producing the book and displayed images of old photos they had found which, for lack of space, could not be included in it. Their presentations were recorded in a video documentary by Andrea Hull with help from Meko Taylor and Jayonte Dawkins. Here is that video. It is 25 minutes long and, on slow internet connections, you may experience several stoppages for buffering. You can probably prevent these stoppages by clicking the play button, then clicking the pause button and waiting a minute, and finally clicking the play button again. If your browser does not display the video, either download the needed plugin or use the links given below.
Here are links to the video in another format. To prevent slow loading and frequent delays, it has been broken into four equal parts. Click the first segment to open it, wait a minute for it to begin to download, then click the "play" icon in the lower left corner of the window. When done viewing, come back here to click the second segment, and so on.
- First segment of book launch documentary
- Second segment of book launch documentary
- Third segment of book launch documentary
- Fourth segment of book launch documentary
Here's a window into John and Rosie's blog, Images of Brookland. The blog contains announcements of upcoming events, updates and other errata to the book, good photos which space contraints prevented from appearing in the book, and other tidbits that didn't make it into the book.
• www.brooklanddchistory.com • www.arcadiapublishing.com •