D.C.'s new Go-Go Museum breaks ground in Anacostia
D.C. broke ground Wednesday on a new museum in Anacostia celebrating all things go-go.
Why it matters: The venue will preserve the official music of D.C. and honor the city's Black community.
- A mobile museum-on-wheels will blast the funk around the city until the official Go-Go Museum opens.
Details: Some of the exhibits are still in the planning stage, but so far the venue is expected to chart go-go's birth and influence.
- Filmmaker Spike Lee was on hand at yesterday's ceremony and will be featured in the museum. His 1988 film "School Daze" memorably featured E.U.'s "Da Butt," rocketing go-go into the national sphere.
- A dining component will also chart the history of Black cooking, Moten said, from African and Caribbean influences to D.C.'s mumbo sauce.
What they're saying: "Go-go music rescued hometown D.C. from the image of a government town that couldn't keep a beat," Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said at the ceremony.
- "This is a town with dancing in its DNA."
Catch up fast: Moten's Check It Enterprises, a retail shop and community hub for disadvantaged youth on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, received $2 million from the city in 2020 to stay at the site that will now become the museum.
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