Your Story Has a Home Here

Your Story Has a Home Here was a nine-month project undertaken by DC Public Library’s Teens of Distinction, in partnership with the National Coalition for the Homeless. Teens learned studio photography and oral history interviewing techniques, and used those skills to document a segment of the population that is often misunderstood and overlooked. This is a digital gallery of their exhibit, which was displayed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library during the summer of 2010. To learn more about the project and read teen participants’ reflections, please visit the Project Reflections page.

Select a thumbnail or link below to learn more about the interviewees:

Read more about Stephen (Steve) Thomas Stephen (Steve) Thomas. Photographed by Raekala Middleton, age 19.
Read more about Mary Virginia Abe Mary Virginia Abe. Photographed by Dawnesha Coffin, age 18.
Read more about Angela and Nathaniel Anderson Angela and Nathaniel Anderson. Photographed by Miranta Clark, age 18.
Read more about André Colter André Colter. Photographed by Anika Rice, age 18.
Read more about Constance Jamison Constance Jamison. Photographed by Raekala Middleton, age 19.
Read more about Eric Sheptock Eric Sheptock. Photographed by Anika Rice, age 18.
Read more about David Pirtle David Pirtle. Photographed by Anika Rice, age 18.
Read more about Jesse Smith Jesse Smith. Photographed by Dawnesha Coffin, age 18.
Read more about Terry Snead Terry Snead. Photographed by Raekala Middleton, age 19.


Check out snippets of our oral history interviews (video run time—approx. 14 min) or hear the full interview of each participant in the Washingtoniana Division on the third floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.