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National Building Museum To Feature Teens' Views On Anacostia

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ANACOSTIA BUILDING MUSEUM
A young boy walks to school past a mural in a fenced off and locked lot along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeat in the poorest ward of the city on July 23, 2010 in the Anacostia section of Washington. | Getty Images

WASHINGTON -- The National Building Museum in Washington is exploring the neighborhood of Anacostia in a new exhibit produced by teenagers from the region.

Teens were equipped with digital cameras and sketchbooks during a four-week summer program at the museum to examine the history and culture of Anacostia. They looked at the neighborhood's architecture and interviewed residents and workers in the area to create photographs, writings and artwork for an exhibit on what makes the neighborhood unique.

The show, "Investigating Where We Live," opens Saturday and will be on view through May 2013.

Teens in the program worked with museum staff to decide how to tell the stories they found in Anacostia. The students also planned and built the exhibit themselves.