The Dent House opened its doors on June 19, 2019 to commemorate the history of Juneteenth and the legacy of James C. Dent, and is now a community resource for residents of Southwest Washington, DC. The community center offers a workforce training program, STEAM and Robotics programming for middle school youth, a summer academic enrichment program, a music program where youth can learn about music production while writing and recording their own music, and various community events.
Based on community input, additional anticipated offerings include after-school and summer academic enrichment programs for youth, adult job training, and other programming developed in partnership with the community.
The James C. Dent House is a historic building located near Pepco’s Waterfront substation in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of the District of Columbia. As part of Pepco’s efforts to support the communities it serves, the company restored the house and worked with Living Classrooms to create youth and adult education programming serving members of the surrounding neighborhood.
The Dent House is located in the rapidly developing Buzzard Point neighborhood and is adjacent to three public housing developments owned and maintained by the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA): James Creek, Greenleaf Gardens, and Syphax Gardens. The re-opening of the Dent House as a community center is addressing longstanding needs among the families living within the 600 residential units. Programs are designed after assessed community input.
The James C. Dent House has a long history in the Southwest neighborhood. It was built in 1906 as the home and parsonage of Rev. James Clinton Dent. Born into slavery in 1855 and later becoming a farm laborer, Rev. Dent was also second pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church after making his way to southwest DC. In 2010, the house was designated a Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places as a symbol of progress and testament to the heroic contributions of James C. Dent to improve life and foster faith in his community. Additionally, in the house, is an original wooden plank from the original Dent House porch signed by the builder himself in 1907.
156 Q Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Contact: Jasmine Campbell
Living Classrooms’ James C. Dent House Community Center in Southwest Washington is an important Black history site in Washington DC. […]View More
Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region has developed its first Virtual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Summer Camp that is […]View More
Living Classrooms has been working in partnership with Bloomberg’s Youth Internship Program and Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program over […]View More
Living Classrooms’ Education Department has responded to COVID-19 by creating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) Activity Boxes to […]View More
In March 2020, we faced the challenge of having to re-think our operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, […]View More
Members of Queen Beez, a female empowerment program, spend an afternoon creating music tracks in Living Classrooms’ community center in […]View More
The Washington Informer, June 20, 2019 – In commemoration of Juneteenth — the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery […]View More