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1351 U St NW
This site remains one of the few Black-owned properties in U Street. Owned by the octogenarian Clay Woods, who used to run an auto-body repair shop out of the building which he bought in the aftermath of the 1968 riots, it is currently home to the Jowga Studio, where Abdur-Rahim Muhammad has been teaching African and Chinese traditional culture through the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute to engage the area's youth for the last twenty-five years. Explore the oral histories of Mr. Woods and Mr. Muhammad collected by Saaret Yoseph, to learn more about property ownership, entrepreneurship and gentrification in U Street.
Abdur-Rahim Muhammad on how he came to open his studio
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